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5 Ways to Destress Over the Weekend

(Just so you know, this is an old photo from last summer - it's not really that warm or green looking right now...sigh)
This was my first week back to college after our long Christmas break, and I'm finding the stress and workload familiar yet draining. So in hopes of helping not only myself, but hopefully all of you, I'm sharing some tips on what to do this weekend to destress and recharge for the next week!

1. Shut off your technology
Believe me, I know how tough this may be, but to completely remove yourself from our hectic, digital world, if only for a few hours, will not kill you. Turn off the phone, stay off your laptop, and try to be present in reality instead.

2. Read a book instead
When was the last time you read a book for the sheer enjoyment of it? It's been too long for me! Even if you're not the bookworm type (which, I have to say if you're not, I feel sorry for you), flip through a photo heavy book that may be lying on your coffee table. Read the captions and learn something new!

3. Pamper yourself
You know what I mean - break out the nail polish and pedicure set! It's time to give yourself some treatment time. You can also use a nice face mask to rejuvinate your tired skin. If you've got some leftover candy canes from the holiday season, try making this yummy scrub!

4. Bake a new treat you found on Pinterest
Since Pinterest is constantly adding new recipes, there are always tons of fresh new ideas of what kind of treats to make. Plus, you can go in so many different directions - if you're sticking to your New Year's resolution, you can easily find a healthy alternative for everything!

5. Try a new workout routine
Hey, the power of endorphins is awesome! I highly recommend Zumba, Yoga, or Pilates. These workout trends are a fun and engaging way to get some exercise in, and once you finish, you'll feel so accomplished!

(If you're stressing out over a procrastinated homework assignment, the only way to feel better is to get it done and over with - and then commence with the above list).
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43 comments

http://vickypinar.blogs.elle.es said...

nice pic!!!!!! beautiful!!!
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Kati said...

Oh yeah, I'm totally planning some of these things this Saturday! First on the list: sleep in. Aaah, the bliss...

Have a great weekend,
-Kati

Kassie Barker Jones said...

love these ideas! I absolutely love the evenings where I turn off all technology and just read for hours. So nice to not have to worry about anything for a while!

Kassie www.styledevoured.com

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

these are great ideas! I love unplugging from the computer since I'm on it so much during the work week! =)
xo,
nancy

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Ashley Taylor said...

I definitely plan on painting my nails and reading. These things are musts! But I'm too in love with the internet to shut off for too long! Plus, on the weekends is when I get most of my "I'll read/do this later" pile sorted through. These are GREAT tips though!

xo Ashley
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Raizel Greco said...

Great list! I love putting a mask on, lying in bed, and watching a movie or TV show.

Ray | Obey Ray

Sam said...

Yes and Yes to all of these, i fully agree with taking a break form technology, I did that on my mini holiday last week and it was so peaceful. Love the idea of baking too, i find it really therapeutic. Have an enjoyable weekend dear Linda!

Amanda said...

Im totally going to try some of these things. I really need to relax a little bit =)

Sonia De Macedo said...

Baking helps me - a lot. So does reading. I really should do more yoga because I always feel so much better after a class. The tech thing! Eeek! I know I should but it's so impossible sometimes! I'm bad, I know!

SDMxx
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megcasson said...

These are all great ideas. I work a lot and I find it hard to unwind on my one day off. Laying in the sun and reading a book is my new favourite thing to do.

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Toks said...

Great advice.
xoxoxo

Kim Alston said...

And these work! I've definitely put #1 into practice. I'm staying active with blogging, but I turn it off every other day. I'm finding that I'm getting more done and giving myself a break. Will be baking a cake this weekend and I'm reading. HaHaHa I need more pamper time. I have all these great beauty products. LOL
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Brae L said...

How dare you suggest I turn off my technology! :p I should really take heed to that advice though, since I will be starting class soon as well.

Ravishingly

Peet said...

Number three, yes, please!!! But the best way to destress for me would be to just step away from my computer. Which of course is impossible.:)

Happy weekend, hottie!!;)

Maiken said...

what usually helps me is to get away from my hometown for a day. so we drive somewhere to do some shopping, eat out, take some outfit shots and that's pretty much it. plus it also means no laptops, tv or stuff like that since we're away from home ;)
by the way, I find it ridiculous how some people are constantly touching their phones. why oh why? I don't believe something bad will happen when they put their phones away for a second :D

Maiken,
Maikeni blogi - part of me

Joanne K said...

Nice post! if only I read it during my exams- may have helped.

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caffinatedlove said...

Stellar post, missy. I agree with taking a break from technology -- even though it's hard for me because my phone is attached to my hand, I know that when I take a break from the internet world I get more done.

I'm actually about to start reading a book. :D

Being the veg-head that I am, I am constantly baking things from scratch with substitutions in them. I just made Black Bean Brownies tonight, actually. They are amazing and full of protein!

love,
a

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libys11 said...

always detaching from the internet is a great way to destress.. i just find that my mind and body gets cluttered by information/social media overload when I'm on the net 24/7.

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Mica T said...

Great tips! Hope you're able to keep the school work stress under control for the year! :)

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Jodie said...

It's been ages since I've read a book too- I used to read a book a week but I haven't read a book in ages. You've inspired me to read more :)

Jessica Mattioli said...

Great ideas dear!

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Love and Ace said...

Funny, I had a "destress" post today too - definitely agree with all these, especially shutting off technology! xx Kat


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Mili said...

All great tips! Although I probably do a little bit too much of 4 and not enough of 5 lol

Mili

BerryBloomXO said...

This is so helpful! It is so true how most of us just stay on our phones too much now-a-days! I went to a dinner the other day and everyone was on their phones and it was silent - what has this turned into?!

I also love reading yet haven't done enough recently!
I need to catch up!

Thank you for the great tips and this time of year, the stress just burdens down on us - and the weather doesn't help!
xoxo,

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Rose-et-Violet said...

These are all such great ideas. Turning off technology SERIOUSLY helps :)

-Rose

SHOP STYLE CONQUER said...

great post Linda, these tips are awesome! good timing for me too after the stressful week of launching our blog makeover haha, im definitely a fan of tip 5 :)

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Midwest Muse said...

Great ideas! Reading a book is totally my trick!

EMA said...

These are some great tip!. I definitely agree with pampering yourself. Sometimes I work so hard during the week, that I have no time for pampering until the weekend

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ninnikuneko said...

Super cool and helpful post Linda! I would be lying if I said that I've been doing anything of the points mentioned above... except for the baking ;) Shutting of technology would be one of the most important things to do for me and I know that reading a book instead would make me feel so relaxed and happy! I will think about this the next weekend :)

ninnikuneko said...

nyaaa I always forget to tell something so here we go... your pink trousers look fantastic!! love the gradient :)

Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog - Girlie Blog Seattle said...

Yay I did all except for no.4, but I think I will do that tomorrow. Hope you've had a relaxing weekend yourself.
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katie said...

Hah, I was going to say dude-whats up with all the lovely green-ess down there! Now I just want summer to come even more.:). I love the last little bit, the best way to get something done is to just do it. I hope all's going well with the new semester and all.

Alexandra Zakharova said...
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Alexandra Zakharova said...

Great tips, thank you for sharing that) For some of us it might be really helpful! By the way I love reading books, even at work inside of my table a few books can always be found)))
That picture is awesome, I was looking at it for a long time)

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

Great advice! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! x

Danielle Styles said...

Great advice! I will use them for upcoming weekend :)
Have a great week!

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Elissa Garza said...

So with you on these! Time to recharge for the week ahead!

xo
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Sam said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts on my last post, thank you!

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

As much as I love to blog I have also learned that I love to have time away, esp on the weekends.

Great ideas here.

You have inspired me to take more winter days pics outside. Thank you and (hug) ♥

Kym said...

These are all such good ideas, Linda. You make me want to do all of them right now! haha But really, thank you so much for the body scrub recipe. I have so many candy canes left over from Xmas that I can't bear to throw out, so this will be a perfect way to put them to good use!
xo
Kym
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erica marie said...

Wonderful tips and ideas. This will definitely come in handy with all the wedding planning. Thanks for sharing girl!

xo erica

Ali said...

I love weekends. I think I appreciate them even more after having worked in retail for so long, I had no idea everyone was doing all this fun weekend stuff while I was working!
our favourite things to do are going out for a lovely weekend breakfast or spending the afternoon at an outdoor bar.
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czarianonuevo said...

Thanks for sharing this!!! i'll bookmark this definitely!!!

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