10 cheap ways to relax

Ah, relaxation, that state of calmness and acceptance that alludes us all for so much of the time. For a lot of people, relaxation can involve the spa or a day of spendy extravagance, but that doesn’t have to be the same for everyone.

As we approach the last weekend in what has been one of the rainiest Aprils on record, keep some of these tips in mind to have relaxing weekend before spring arrives

  1. Set aside time specifically for getting a good night’s rest.
  2. Take your time cooking your favorite meal.
  3. Take a walk or partake in your favorite form of exercise.
  4. Fix your favorite drink. Even if it’s a complicated time-consuming one, make it exactly how you like it. Better yet, make a pitcher of it and settle in for a nice evening.
  5. Give yourself permission to take a break from everything and just rest for a while. Relaxation and breathing room in your life isn’t a sign that you need to put more on your plate.
  6. Watch a comedian marathon on Netflix or your choice of streaming service.
  7. Unplug from technology and social media for a while and enjoy an old-fashioned game night with your friends.
  8. Go to free days at museums and galleries.
  9. Do that thing you’ve been wanting to do for a while. Whatever it is to you – go to a special exhibit, hike the trail that’s been on your bucket list, spend the day rearranging a room, whatever you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had the time to finish.
  10. Have a sleepover with your besties, regardless of how old you are. Piles of blankets, movie marathons, wine, and face masks are timeless. Or they should be, at least.

There are plenty of other ways to wind down, depending on your personality. Maybe you relax better around friends, maybe you prefer to be alone, maybe you want your special someone to be with you. Your own likes and dislikes dictate what will work best for you.

What are your suggestions for a cheap, relaxing weekend?

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