- Avoid Traffic with a Staycation. With about 35 million Americans estimated to be traveling over Labor Day weekend, staying home without the typical obligations can be a welcome respite from jammed highways and overcrowded airports. Buy some fresh flowers, order takeout, play relaxing music, and have no guilt sleeping in during your personal getaway from the daily grind.
- Keep the Kids Busy. Call the babysitter, stock the game room or backyard with plenty of toys to keep the tots occupied, and treat yourself to a little off-duty parenting for at least a few hours during the long weekend. Go see a movie, enjoy some wine at a local tasting event or favorite bistro, or anything you never normally have time to do during your no-responsibilities time.
- Pamper Yourself with a Spa Day. Make the most of a relaxing weekend with some self-care. Whether hitting up the salon or beautifying at home, treat yourself to a mani/pedi, a hair color update or professional blowout, an indulgent massage, or a long soak in an aromatherapy bath.
- Host a Potluck. To ease the stress and work that often comes along with hosting any type of shindig, a potluck takes away a lot of pressure because every guest contributes by bringing food or drink to share. Emphasize to company that the party mood will be relaxed and casual, with no need to dress up or make anything fussy. Use recyclable disposable items to avoid extensive cleanup efforts. It’s all about togetherness and having fun!
- Meal-Prep in Advance. Ensure potluck day remains low-key by preparing everything in advance. Slice up fruit and veggies and store in the fridge, and prepare dips and slaws ahead of time. Stock up on ice and other supplies early so there’s no last-minute scrambling to distract from a peaceful day. A little advance prep work also applies to everyone, even if not going the route of a party, for example by taking the pressure off making a full dinner one night.
- Give Technology a Break. To truly recharge, put away the social media apps, don’t check email, and give your full attention to the present moment away from the online world. To maximize the benefits of unplugging, spend some time outdoors and breathe in some fresh air.
So be sure to take the stress out of your Labor Day weekend and enjoy a relaxing end-of-summer holiday.