Kick off the new year in a state bliss with a little ‘me time’. Unwind after what is often a hectic holiday season with activities that will calm the mind, relax your body and indulge the senses.
Take yourself out for lunch
You don’t need company to appreciate a delicious meal. Take an afternoon for yourself by enjoying a lunch solo, with the help of a good book or magazine QBD Books. There are great restaurants and cafes to explore, including Pattysmiths Burgers and Kintaro Sushi.
Enjoy a soothing treatment
Massages are an incredibly effective method of relaxation. They also come with a number of valuable health, such as reducing stress and muscle tension while improving circulation, energy levels and your immune function. Lee Massage and Acupuncture has a team of qualified masseuses than can take you from stressed to blessed in a matter of minutes.
Go on a waterside adventure with a friend
Find your swimwear essentials from Best & Less and pick out a beach, river or waterhole to explore. Without the distraction of technology, the sounds of crashing waves and bubbling streams can provide a relaxing soundtrack to meaningful conversations.
Set a goal that focuses on relaxation
A start of a new year doesn’t mean you have to set difficult or unachievable goals. This year, try starting new hobbies that are sure to have you feeling more relaxed. It could be a list of books that you’re hoping to work through, encouraging quiet moments alone reading with multiple genres available QBD Books or Big W. Alternatively, you could also try a relaxing new activity such as yoga or meditation each morning, to have you starting your day in the right mindset.
Bond over a light-hearted activity
Laughter really is the best medicine, which is why something as simple as seeing a comedy movie or playing a game with a friend can leave you feeling happy and relaxed. Studies have shown that a good, hearty laugh can relieve stress, leaving your muscles feeling relaxed for up to 45 minutes afterwards. There are plenty of games waiting to be played at Gametraders – time to lock in your game night!
Discover an out-of-town location
Hit the road and explore somewhere new. Say hello to some friendly animals at a country estate, explore a picturesque garden or pick delicious berries at a regional farm. Do your research on the best location ahead of time to make the day as carefree as possible. RAA have plenty of information and advice on places to go. Make sure to pack all the essentials, like a hat, sunscreen and snacks.
How do you rest and unwind ahead of a busy year? Let us know by tagging us on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #ShineBrightIn2022.