Labor Day—what began as a symbolic tribute to the American worker has become a national holiday, enjoyed by millions of Americans with parties, parades, fireworks, good food and quality time with family and friends.
This holiday only comes once a year, so make sure you make it count by focusing on kicking back and enjoying yourself. Here’s how to make the most of it:
- Sleep in: If you’ve ever had to go into the office after getting a few meager hours of sleep, you know how much being tired can affect your mood, productivity, focus and performance. What you might not consider is the fact that getting inadequate sleep can also affect you on your day off. Make sure you keep your morning free on Labor Day and plan on sleeping in. The more well-rested you are, the more you will be able to enjoy some partying later! Check out these five tips to help you get better sleep not only this Labor Day, but every day.
- Kick back: You’re not going to be working on Labor Day, so why not kick back with a cocktail or beer? Let loose a little bit and have some drinks with your friends. It’s also a great occasion for you to give hemp a try. Unlike THC, full spectrum hemp doesn’t trigger any kind of psychoactive response in the brain. As a matter of fact, hemp has a relatively mild effect that promotes relaxation and reduces nerves. It won’t make you feel high in the same way THC does. Instead, you’ll probably experience a sense of calm and an improved mood all day long.
- Enjoy yourself: When you have a day off, you shouldn’t waste a single minute of it. On Labor Day, you shouldn’t feel like you have to go to a party or a parade if you don’t want to. Focus on the things that bring you joy and spend your time on those activities. Regardless of whether it’s a holiday, you probably won’t feel very relaxed if you’re going to a bunch of social events that you don’t want to go to. Get together with the people you care about and spend a low-key day together. No matter how you spend the holiday, make sure you do things that make you happy.
- Hang out: Spending your day with people you love can help you feel recharged. Get together with your friends and family members for a casual barbecue or some outdoor recreation. Labor Day is a social holiday and gives you the chance to catch up with people you don’t get to see all the time. There’s no pressure to dress up or cook an elaborate meal. All you have to do is fire up the grill and focus on bonding and connecting with the people you love.
- Eat well: These days, Americans often eat lunch at their desk or rush through their dinner before their next appointment or obligation. When you have a whole day just to relax, take the opportunity to sit down and really appreciate a meal. The process of preparing, cooking and sharing a meal can be a powerful way to socially connect with those around you. Whether you try out a new recipe or revive an old favorite, make sure you really take the time to enjoy cooking and eating the food in front of you.
- Indulge: It’s so easy to get caught up in your busy work schedule that you forget to take time for yourself. Eventually, the heavy workload and endless stream of obligations is going to catch up to you and you’ll start experiencing burnout. No matter how dedicated you are to your job or how focused you are on your career, you can’t run on fumes forever. Taking time to recharge helps you avoid feeling burnt out and can contribute to increased productivity when you go back to work.
Don’t spend your Labor Day trying to get chores done around the house or working on projects– set the day aside for relaxation. Everyone needs time to just sit back and do the things that they enjoy. Labor Day gives you the perfect opportunity to do just that.
So, what are you waiting for? Start making plans for Labor Day that will help you relax and bring you joy. Set time aside to really give yourself a break so that you can return to work feeling rested and recharged.