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With another, longer than usual, bank holiday weekend rapidly approaching – hurrah (!) – it’s all too easy to go into manic mode. Trying to cram far too much into the time available, which only guarantees you’ll feel completed knackered by the end of it. Not to mention stressed… 
So, here’s a radical idea. Why not use at least one day over the bank holiday weekend to have a proper day off? 
And we don’t mean spending the day at home, slouched on the sofa in front of the TV. Snacking on your favourite treats and dressed in a random assortment of clothes. That’s if you get dressed at all (!). 
In this hectic modern world of ours, we seem to have lost the art of having a proper day off. Taking a real break from all the demands of our lives. And we’re not talking about the annual fortnight in the sun either. 
There always seem to be things to be done, whether it be catching up or trying to get ahead. And that’s without all those good intentions, the ones we never quite get round to, then beat ourselves up about for not doing... 
In theory, that’s what weekends are for. In practice they usually turn out rather differently. 
Even when we do take time out to do the things we love – or spend time with family or friends – how often do we end up squeezing in other things around them? 
Looking around at family members, it doesn’t seem as though this tendency is anything new. In fact, looking back, we couldn’t ever remember a time when our parents truly had a day off either… 
So, with the long bank holiday weekend fast approaching, here’s a challenge for you. To use at least one day as a proper day off. 
As we alluded to at the start, it’s not about being lazy – or shirking your responsibilities. Instead it’s about relaxation. 
Enjoying all the things we take for granted in this wonderful world of ours. 
Spending time with those we love. 
Having a break from all the gizmos and technology we use to distract ourselves. TV, phone, internet and the like. And the dreaded social media – or, in reality, extremely antisocial media (!). Go cold turkey for the day. 
Spending some time away from home and our normal routine. It’s too predictable. Too easy to get side tracked. Why not go for a walk or cycle ride somewhere different, even if it’s just around the corner? 
Perhaps visiting somewhere different, but never quite got round to going. We’re all experts at ignoring things on the doorstep, going instead for something farther afield which sound more exotic and interesting. What about that local park, antique shop, farmer’s market or car boot sale? And, by the way, supermarkets and chain stores don’t count! 
Leaving time for things to “just happen.” Not planning the day too much, just having a rough idea and seeing what happens. 
However you choose to spend your day, you’ll return refreshed with a different perspective. Simply not rushing from one thing to another, constantly clock watching, will give you a new outlook on life. And perhaps make you wonder why you don’t do it every week… 
As always, the choice is yours. 
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