I am a corporate guy and the weekdays are as expected — hectic and chaotic. Amidst the worklife and responsibilities of parenthood, finding moments of solace can sometimes get difficult during the week. However, the good old weekend offers some respite and I strongly recommend that folks like me who have busy work-weeks should utilise their weekend to unwind and recharge.
One recipe for unwinding and recharging involves a delightful combination of action movies and beer. By following a few simple steps, you can create an experience that allows you to rejuvenate your mind. So, let’s dive into this recipe for relaxation and discover the joys it brings:
- Get a beer and make it chilled:
Get your favorite beer and ensure that it is chilled to perfection. The refreshing sensation of a super-cold beer can provide a delightful contrast to the warmth and stress of daily life. While I am referring to a bottled or canned beer here, feel free to go to a pub and get yourself a freshly brewed one, if you like.
One word of advice — I like to keep my beer in the freezer 45 minutes before I start drinking it for that extra chill I need. If you don’t have those 45 minutes. just wrap a wet paper towel or tissue and keep it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
2. Absorb the Process of Pouring the Beer:
The act of pouring a beer can be a mesmerizing experience. Take a moment to appreciate the rich colors and the sound of the liquid as it cascades into the beer mug. Observe the formation of bubbles and the aroma that fills the air. Absorbing the process of pouring the beer allows you to be fully present and engage your senses, setting the stage for a truly immersive experience.
One word of advice — Avoid tilting the mug and pouring the beer slowly. Instead, feel free to abruptly pour the beer into the mug to let the foam get generated. This foam helps the gas escape and avoids bloating later in your stomach.
3. Enjoy Every Sip and Savor the Flavor:
Once poured, take your first sip and allow the flavors to settle on your palate. Notice the subtle notes, the bitterness, or the smoothness that each sip brings. Slowly savor each mouthful, letting the beer take you on a sensory journey. Pair your beer with your favourite snack to enhance the experience further, indulging in a combination of flavors that satisfy both your cravings and your senses.
4. Catch an Action Movie (or Whatever You Like):
Now that you’ve set the stage for relaxation, it’s time to immerse yourself in the world of entertainment. Choose an action movie that captivates your interest or any other genre that you prefer. Whether it’s a thrilling adventure, a heart-pounding suspense, or a lighthearted comedy, the key is to select a film or show that allows you to escape the demands of your everyday life and transports you to a different realm of excitement and entertainment.
One word of advice — Don’t let your work/responsibility thoughts come in the way. Acknowledge their presence and push them for later pondering. This is your time — me time!
5. Find a Comfortable Spot and Relax:
Create a cozy and comfortable environment where you can fully unwind. Whether it’s snuggling up on the couch, reclining in your favorite armchair, or even creating a cozy blanket fort, find a spot that allows you to relax both your body and mind. Create an ambiance that suits your mood, such as dimmed lights or having a good quality audit system, to enhance the overall experience.
6. Have Your Favorite Dinner post your drink:
Incorporate another element of self-care into your evening by indulging in your favorite dinner. Treat yourself to a delicious meal that satisfies your taste buds and brings you comfort. It could be a home-cooked favorite, a takeout treat, or a special dish from a restaurant you love. Nourishing your body with a satisfying meal adds an extra touch of pleasure to the evening.
7. Get some Good Sleep:
As the evening winds down, prioritize your well-being by ensuring you get a good night’s sleep. After a relaxing movie session, a delightful beer, and a satisfying meal, your body and mind deserve the rest they need. Settle into a comfortable bed, embrace a calming bedtime routine, and allow yourself to drift off into a peaceful sleep, ready to face the demands of the following day with renewed energy.
In the midst of the busy and demanding nature of corporate life and parenthood, taking time for ourselves is essential. Remember, self-care is crucial, and carving out these moments for relaxation and enjoyment is a wonderful way to find balance amidst the chaos. Cheers to your well-being!