New Sunday, new Feel Good November post! Today, I am sharing with you five ideas perfect for your weekends or days off, if you want to relax and have some me-time. Let's start then!
~ Do some colouring to relax and de-stress ~
You may have heard about adult colouring books already; in fact you may own one too! Colouring books have been very popular these past months, and of course I loved the idea immediately and had to get myself one. There are colouring books about everything you could imagine, from animals, to Indian or Asian patterns, to sea life and forests, and fairy worlds... I've even seen a Star Wars and a Tom Hiddleston colouring book - and for the latter, this is the most awesome thing ever if you ask me.
My colouring book is one of the 'most famous' and classical I believe. It is the Secret Garden book, by Johanna Basford. It is full of beautiful illustrations of flowers, trees, intricate leaves, birds and butterflies, curious doors and lost keys... it is just stunning, and J. Basford's work is very creative and leads you in a wonderful world. I can spend entire evenings colouring away, and it is indeed very relaxing! Put on some calm, soft music, don't forget a cup of hot tea near you, and there you have it: a nice, laid back activity!
~ Tidy or decorate your home ~
This is a classic one, but it has to be mentioned! Home decorating is a really fulfilling activity, especially around that time of year because you want to add cute autumn (and then Christmas) details to your place, and often a well-organised, cosy room is the best way to feel accomplished and happy when you spend some time indoors.
There are no rules for that activity. Just get rid of that pile of clothes that needs ironing, throw the old, dead flowers away, put away the nail polishes that have been around in the kitchen (?!) for weeks now... and then, once everything's neat and tidy, add a new blanket, cute little cushions, light a warm-scented candle. The last step? Enjoy that peaceful and tidy atmosphere then!
Every cosy home time should involve a good bath. If you don't have a bathtub, you can still have a pretty good pamper session featuring all your favourite body butters and face masks!
If like me, you love a good bath in the autumn/winter time, then you might consider going into Lush and picking up a bath bomb or two... the close-up that you have in the picture above is of the Frozen bath bomb, it has silver glitter and turns the water an amazing blue colour.
I've read that some people find baths annoying because they get bored very quickly, but grab a book or a magazine and everything's settled - or if you're afraid of getting your books damp (which I am, even though I choose to take the risk), watching an episode of your favourite TV series is quite nice too!
~ Bake an easy recipe (or a complicated one if you're really motivated)~
Cooking is not one of my hobbies, but I do love to bake once in a while. I know lots of people like to bake, and some bloggers share wonderful recipes that makes your mouth water. So if baking is what you're into, then it is a nice activity to get into on a day off at home. I like to bake cookies or muffins, because they're quick recipes that don't take a lot of ingredients and a lot of time. There's nothing better than baking something and being able to eat it directly, as the cake is still warm!
~ Snuggle up in bed with a good book ~
This is one of my personal favourites! Reading is always a good option, especially in the evening. Whenever we can, we should all switch off our screens and leave the Internet for a couple of hours. Just take a nice book, one you enjoy, or one you've been willing to read for a while but haven't started yet; grab a cup of tea or hot chocolate, and get into bed. For a top-level relaxing experience, spray some lavender extract on your pillow. This will make you feel relaxed, and help you sleep later on! What's your favourite book to read when you want to have a quiet, peaceful time? :)
I hope this post inspired you to find some things for your cosy days at home! What do you like to do during these days off?