I've been overstressed and am in need of a little escape, a little detox. Something refreshingly different. Any ideas?
Initial thoughts are finding a new mountain to hike, visiting the Big Apple, getting a ridiculously long massage, maybe all of the above
[This message edited by OnceInALifetime at 12:44 PM, June 13th (Thursday)]
"Some of us don't see people how they are but how we need them to be".....quote from Uncertainone
- Mahatma Gandi
Cooking classes would be fun.
What about a paint your own pottery place? That would be a fun family activity.
Family movie night--haul out pillows and blankets for the floor, get into pjs and do a double feature.
Go on a whale watch (my kids loved this).
Visit the submarine museum in New London or Mystic Seaport in Mystic. Both excellent.
edited to ask:
How old are your girls?
[This message edited by StrongerOne at 1:48 PM, June 13th (Thursday)]
Go to the waterpark.
Play hide and seek in dark outside if you can. (I still love it) or flashlight tag.
Go to a spa.
Go get a head massgae while they shampoo your head feels great)
Take a trip to somewhere you have never went.
The previous suggestions are all really great, too.
I second or third the suggestions about visiting state parks. Nothing like a wide open view!
I can recommend the circle tour around Lake Superior (driving around the lake). Absolutely stunning. If you do that, the sunset cruise at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore out of Munising, MI is awesome. Really, upper Michigan, northern Wisconsin and the north shore of Minnesota (not to mention Canada) are just beautiful areas to explore.
Go somewhere touristy and do some really cheesy tourist trap things. They can be so fun, especially with kids. I did a segway tour with my daughter and it was a hoot. Took an airboat ride in the Everglades with her and some of her girlfriends. A hummer tour in the Rockies in Colorado. All terrific fun.
Amusement parks - love the roller coasters!
Check out some ethnic festivals. Always fun and interesting food to try. I think they have a festival for just about everything somewhere in this country.
eta: And see the giant redwoods in California. That's on my list if my property ever sells (3+ years now).
[This message edited by kernel at 6:34 PM, June 13th (Thursday)]
With your daughters, I second painting. I took a few classes where they walk you through how to recreate a famous painting, and then I bought a bunch of canvas and paints to do at home. Very stress-relieving and fun!
And nature is always stress-relieving, calming, and wonderful. I picked up birdwatching, which gives my hikes some focus and is tons of fun.
Sometimes I take a hot bath with candles, a book, beer, and cookies. It's wonderful!
Married: 11 years, no kids
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. -Michelangelo
In order to bring my mind back to a peaceful place I garden. You could plant a fairy garden. I also have a volunteer job once a week that makes me appreciate my life very much!
Start a game night. Jenga, Monopoly, or a myriad of other choices!
My stepdaughter and I used to spend one day a week together during the day. We would go to a different ethnic restaurant for lunch each week. The rules were that we had to try something we had never tasted before. If we didn't like it we could always get burgers after! Then we would go somewhere to walk it off - a park if the weather was nice, or the mall if it was raining.
Get away from city lights and go star gazing. Research a sky map of your area for that night/time and see how many constellations you can find.
Bake cookies. Eat the ones that "break" right way while they are still warm.
Sign up for a yoga class. I LOVE my weekly class.
A massage is a great idea. It helps with stress, that need for human physical contact, and getting rid of toxins from your body.
"We're not broken, just bent, and we can learn to love again" ~Pink
We did that on rainy days.
Hiking and biking are always a good choice.
Photography class.. or just taking pics while on a hike is always fun.
Camp in your backyard...
Drive in movies if you can find a drive in.
The beach is my go to place for destressing.
Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing...
What is your destressor? Your girls?