Make the Most of Your Time Off for Labor Day Weekend

We think of Labor Day as a farewell to Summer (and white clothes!) these days, but we actually celebrate it to recognize the work that has been done by those fighting for fair labor practices, like those who made weekends a thing! Your hard-working labor union ancestors want you to enjoy this time off from work to recharge – especially since we’ve spent most of this year stressed out by changes at work and school, economic uncertainty, and the ever-present bad news out there.

Though we can’t just hop on a plane for a weekend away this Labor Day, there are plenty of things to do close to home that will be festive, safe, and restorative.

Try something new

Add some spice to your life this weekend by trying something new, like a recipe you pinned, a different walking trail, a Zoom yoga class, or a craft project. Remember to make it something fun and not something you’ve just had lingering on your to-do list. This weekend is about relaxing and not working!

Do something you miss

If you can’t think of something new to do, how about doing something you used to love but don’t have time for any more? Did you play the guitar or piano back in the day? Maybe you used to paint watercolors or do woodworking back when you had more time. Reconnect with what used to bring you joy.

Cool off in the water

What’s better than cooling off in the water when it’s hot out? You probably can’t get to the pool this weekend, but you can still have fun in the water by finding your inner child and running through the sprinkler. No sprinkler? How about filling a kiddie pool with cool water and spending the day reading “in the pool.”

Go camping in the backyard

You could camp away from home, but where’s the spontaneity in that? Set up a campsite in your backyard where you can enjoy the outdoors, but still have the convenience of indoor plumbing.

Put the screens away

This might be weird for a company that makes an app to say, but challenge yourself to a screen-free weekend. Get some real distance from your work by putting an out-of-office autoresponder on your email, shutting off your devices, and just taking time to be present in real life.

Reflect, evaluate, and plan

Even if you don’t have school-age children, you likely remember your own experience with the new beginnings that come with the beginning of the school year. Buy yourself some fancy new school supplies and use them to write out what has gone well so far in 2020. What do you want more of (or less of) in your life? What would you like to see for the rest of the year? Taking time to think back and think ahead will give you some perspective on this particularly tough year.