Rest and recharge - how to make the most of your Easter break
It's almost Easter - the kids are off school, family are visiting for a special meal together, and sometimes it can seem like you don't have any time to just relax and unwind; you might even find yourself wishing for the peace and quiet of the office! Before you start despairing, there are plenty of ways you can make the most of your Easter holidays, whether you have a day or two off or have booked a couple of weeks break to spend time with the family. The whole point of a holiday is to relax and recharge your batteries, so you return to work energised and happy, so here are our tips for a rejuvenating Easter break!
With a house filled with family (not to mention the kids at home on their Easter holidays), it can often be hard to find time to workout over the Easter break. But that doesn't mean you need to resort to slumping on the sofa with Disney films (with or without the kids!) Why not plan active pursuits that the whole family can get involved in. A family bike ride, day out at an outdoor adventure park or even a visit to a petting zoo means you're getting plenty of vitamin D from the sunshine, fresh air and a walk or cycle. Even better, why not try a new activity together if you have older children, such as abseiling or roller blading? You don't have to go to the gym to keep fit and you'll enjoy a better night's sleep later.
Take some time out
There's always the opportunity to take five minutes out of your day to enjoy some alone time, no matter how packed your Easter holiday schedule. Why not set aside a few minutes every day (first thing in the morning or last thing at night is ideal) for some meditation? Regular meditation can reduce stress levels and help you to reconnect with yourself. We recommend the one-moment meditation video on YouTube to help you relax and unwind.
Stick to your healthy eating
Yes, ramming your face full of chocolate eggs come Good Friday might SEEM like a great idea, but trust us when we say it really isn't. All that chocolate contains fat and sugar, which (particularly on an empty stomach) will give you a temporary energy boost followed by a massive crash. So you'll feel even more tired and lethargic than you did earlier. Sticking to a 90% healthy eating plan (with 10% of your diet saved for treats) means you can indulge in the occasional chocolate egg or hot cross bun without feeling guilty. The rest of the time its lean protein, fruit and vegetables, healthy fats and a sensible amount of carbs - this will give you the energy you need to keep going all day long!
Take a day to yourself over your holidays and make it all about the most important person - you! Whether you get a family member or friend to watch the kids, or leave them with your other half, enjoying a day to yourself could be just what you need to recharge those batteries. Spend the day doing things that make you happy. Whilst shopping and eating may be high on your list of priorities, try to treat yourself in other, healthier ways. Perhaps a massage, beauty treatment or even going to see that film nobody else wants to see at the cinema - these are all great ways to spend your afternoon. Go for a run, take a dance class or enjoy a pilates workout and then treat yourself to a delicious healthy lunch at the new juice bar or cafe in your town or city. Make sure you find time to catch up with friends, as research shows that a solid social support network can help us to feel less stressed.
Try some morning yoga
Yoga is a great way to detox your body and restore balance, and there are plenty of yoga poses to try, from the simple and easy for beginners to learn poses to the more complex ones. Yoga increases flexibility and improves your posture, gently toning your body whilst rebalancing body and mind, so it's the ideal exercise for first thing in the morning, or last thing at night. Morning yoga sets you up nicely for the day and you can enjoy a healthy, protein-packed breakfast, such as a protein shake or omelette, afterwards.
Re-organise your space (and your life)
They call it spring cleaning for a reason, and this is the perfect time of year to de-clutter your space and enjoy a fresh start after the holidays. Cleaning and tidying your home can be mentally uplifting, so if you're feeling a bit blue or worn out at this time of year, start by bagging or boxing up clothes and other unwanted items - you could sell them online to make some extra cash, or donate them to your local charity shop. Living with less means you won't spend as much time tidying in future! You can apply this to other areas of your life too; use your holidays as time to set yourself health, fitness and social goals - for example, perhaps you want to start saving for a holiday in the summer or be ready to run that August marathon? It seems easier to find motivation for goal setting and planning when you're not tired out from work.
These tips will help you to enjoy a more relaxing Easter break, which means when the time rolls around to go back to work (why do holidays always go so quickly?!) you'll be feeling refreshed and ready to face that pile of work on your desk!