Make the most out of your long, long weekend
Meaningfully celebrating Holy Week doesn’t always boil down to the following tradition. But if you’re like me, who’s not entirely committed to the Catholic ceremonies that happen every Holy Week, the struggle of finding things to do is quite real. As establishments close up to adhere to the public holidays, going out already axes out most of our options. But fear not, as there are still ways to make the most out of this season. The rest of us can still come out of this quiet time recharged and refreshed.
Looking for ways to spend Holy Week? We share some things to do below.
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Do a tech declutter and detox.
Be honest, when was the last time you cleaned your inbox? Pressed ‘unsubscribe’ to an email blast you don’t follow anymore? That’s right. It’s about time. As we get lost in the hustle and bustle of the everyday, we tend to forget to clean up our inboxes and hard drives. Before we know it, we’re close to maxing out our storage capacities. So with a bit more time in your hands, thanks to Holy Week, it’s high time to comb through unnecessary email subscriptions, doubled files and the load of screenshots sitting idly on your devices. Trust me, cleaning up leaves an incomparable satisfaction in the end.
Do some spring-summer cleaning.
As much as we hate to admit it, we all accumulate tons and tons of clothes and items in a year. We like collecting adorable accessories we barely use, while the internet rejects trendy items a few months (maybe even weeks) after we purchased them. So why not make some space for newer and upcoming purchases? Sell and get rid of stuff you no longer need. Got a handful of expired makeup? Donate it to your nearest funeral parlor for when they open. Downsize your closet. You’ll be surprised with the amount of stuff you’ve collected but no longer need. At least the Holy Week holiday provides time for us to sift through them.
Pause and explore guided meditation.
Let me completely be honest; we can only describe 2022 as tense. Social media platforms have become landmines and sometimes, work gets stressful. Each one of us has hurdles to face. Dealing with multiple issues every day gets the best of us, and we might have developed some negative coping mechanisms. So this Holy Week, perhaps exploring a spiritual experience on your terms will help you deal with stress better. Restart your mindset by exploring guided meditations designed to help you release your feelings into the void. On Spotify, the meditation app Headspace has a playlist of guided meditations for different situations. From reflections during the perfect hike or a quiet session paired best with an evening stroll, Headspace has audio that fits all sorts of activities.
Take a damn rest and invest in yourself.
You’ve got four days off, so this is the perfect opportunity to unplug, play and rest. Sleep in! Turn off all notifications! Leave work untouched until the following Monday! You’ve got all the time in the world, so spend it taking care of yourself. Self-care can also mean actively doing good things for your body. Explore new and healthy recipes, try out socially distant sports and get some fresh air. Spend more time with your loved ones and people who make you feel refreshed and happy. You’ll never know how fast time flies, but you’ll be surprised by how rejuvenated you feel by the end of it.
Now that you’ve got a few ideas in mind, it’s time to welcome the long weekend with open arms.
Art Chelsy Estrada