Ideas for a Relaxing Weekend


As I’ve gotten older, I find myself craving more and more downtime. If I don’t schedule in time for relaxation (yes, sometimes I have to schedule it in order to make it happen!), I find that weeks tend to blur together with little separation. Once I had a yoga teacher that said, “the more you practice meditation and quieting your mind, the more space you’ll feel between thoughts.” I find the same sentiment to be true for quiet activity.

If you’re in need of a relaxing weekend, here are a few ideas for a restful, but still fun, few days.

Take a walk! Fresh air is an amazing thing! Take a stroll along The Esplanade, on Castle Island, or even head out town for an afternoon hike.

Read + Write. I find writing to be so cathartic. Pick up a new journal and start a fresh page. If you’re looking for a quiet place to read and/or write, we love the courtyard at the Boston Public Library. If it’s a nice day, nothing beats reading in the Boston Public Garden.

The Good Stuff. Refuel with a nutrient-dense and delicious smoothie. I’m also obsessed with the avocado toast at Pressed Boston and the acai bowls (plus juices!) at Thirst Juice Co.

Treat yourself. I love facials. They are a total splurge item, and so I only treat myself once in a blue moon. But, they are such an amazing treat. I love Brad Duncan Skincare in the South End. In addition to a totally clarifying facial, you’ll be whisked away to a dreamland thanks to their heated table.

Sweat Out the Bad Stuff. If you’re looking to add a little workout to your relaxing weekend, we love Well+Good’s Healthy City Guide for the best classes. If you’re in need of a body and mind workout, we love the yoga classes at Exhale. Also, have you tried ClassPass? They’ve recently added a ton of new studios!

Movies + Cookies. There’s no better time to catch an interesting documentary or your favorite rom-com than a sleepy Friday evening. Add in a few bite-sized cookies and you’ll have an A+ night.

How do you spend a relaxing weekend? What are your favorite ways to unwind and re-energize?

Image credit: Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman

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