Given that your usual Easter plans may have been jeopardized this year, you and your family will have to adjust the traditional Good Friday long weekend activities to something a little less outdoorsy and populated. That being said, things don’t have to get solo, dull or sad.
You have the power to make yourself and your loved ones feel good, even though a trip, sharing a meal all together or participating in big Easter egg hunts are not feasible this year.
Bringing traditions online
April long weekend is often an occasion for family reunions. If that’s the case for you too, why not organizing a video call with the extended family? Having lunch or dinner all together virtually could be a great way to perpetuate any family tradition, plus it would make the call a little more special. To surprise the attendees of your online get-together – and exercise your creativity – you can even send them customized virtual cards or invites.
Traveling without going anywhere
If you tend to go camping or travel somewhere at this time of the year, do something at home that reminds you of a trip:
- set up a tent in the garden,
- have a barbecue,
- bring a camping chair in a quiet spot outdoors with a good book,
- cook a meal that’s typical from the destination you were planning on going to…
Organizing an at home-date
Another way to escape from the day-to-day life is to organize an activity or a date for yourself or your partner. What is it that you have been wanting to do but haven’t had the time or energy to make happen? A candle-lit dinner, a spa day, or an indulgent breakfast in bed? With a bit of planning, these things can be organized at home and can transport you and your loved one away from your routine and its stressors.
Just chilling…but mindfully!
If staying at home and relaxing actually speaks to you, great news! Still, it is a good idea to ensure you have plenty of activities at hand to keep you active (physically and mentally) so you don’t fall back into spending most of your time in front of screens or into heavy drinking patterns. For ideas of fun things to do, check out this blog.
Being mindful that we are able to turn things around when setbacks and unexpected events arise is something we should all look at cultivating. Finding alternatives and feeling satisfied with them is a great way to be in life, as it helps us bounce back quickly and stay positive during challenging moments. Trying to make a moment a little more special may not look like a lot on the surface, but it does involve being innovative, especially in the context of isolation. In addition to working on our problem-solving and out-of-the-box thinking, by going out of our ways or doing something different to make our loved ones and ourselves have a good time, we reinforce relationships. This may also also bring a sense of achievement, which in turn boosts our self-esteem.
We encourage you to take the extra time spent at home with family and loved ones to deepen relationships by exploring new activities – or old hobbies – together. And remember, there are plenty of ways to make a day at home feel special. All you need is getting a little bit creative 😉
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