Sometimes (around 8pm on a Sunday night) the feeling of depression gets stimulated in my mind. As you lay on the couch, turn on Apple TV and watch reruns of The Real World on Hulu (yes, that is my current late night drama), the saddened feeling of the weekend ending really starts to sink in. “I. Have. To. Wake. Up. At. 5.a.m. Tomorrow”, I think while the roommates fight about who hooked up with who at the club last night #draaaamaaaaa. There are a lot of curses I would typically say in my head, but we’ll try to keep it PG.
This weekend, things were different. Instead of having the ever so prominent feeling of despair, I actually had a feeling of rejuvenation. You see lately, I’ve been really restless. The feeling of not doing enough started to become a problem after my Graduate school graduation and nothing I would do (or think to do) would help me shake the feeling. This weekend, as for all of my normal weekends was completely full with fun activities, but ones that so completely relaxed me that I feel ready to take on another long week at the office! If you have the same restless feelings, here are a couple of places you can go to relieve some of the inner stress that is currently weighing you down.
p.s- anything underlined has a link embedded for the specific location. Enjoy!
Weekend Stress Reducers for the Restless
This place is the s^it. Whoops, I promised to keep it PG- sorry Mom. Okay, Maggiano’s is a perfect place to go on a date night. If you want to impress a date, call in advance, make a reservation, and be prepared to completely enjoy your night. I actually have a food allergy to gluten (IT SUCKS AND I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT, OKAY?!–just kidding, immaaaa blog about it later) and Maggiano’s is my absolute favorite date night restaurant because I can eat a boatload of Gfree pasta with no cares (or hives) in the world! This restaurant offers a “buy one, get one” deal of its delicious classic pastas for only $14 per person. It really is a pasta- lovers steal. Also, drinks are strong and wait staff friendly! The link below will bring you to the menu, snoop around for yourself- it is worth it!
See if you like the menu & if there is a Maggiano’s near you (this is an unpaid suggestions– I should get paid for this, damn that’s a good idea.)
I never thought I would be an outdoorsy person. I was raised going to Florida every summer to relax in the hot weather and cool down by the pool. It wasn’t until Sophomore year of college that I tried hiking and fell in love with the serenity and the euphoria that it brought me. So, my boyfriends best friend wanted to go on a camping trip for a weekend and of course I was all about the idea. Now, camping is something that is relatively new to me. I don’t have a mass amount of experience since I kind of just picked this hobby up on my own (with the help of my absolute bestie Dev and her mom). The camp ground was open and very calm. It was located perfectly next to a lake/river for Kayaking and Canoeing/ getting hot and going in the lake.
Down the road and over a little bridge was a short, yet calm hiking spot. It was less than a mile but very relaxing and easy to carry a beer on the light stroll. My boyfriend and I, on the other hand, held onto my boyfriends cute little pup Melody instead. There was a point of the trip that the group had to stop, sit on a bridge half way through the hike and breathe in the fresh air.
I would highly recommend camping to relieve some restless energy, however the soil was extremely rocky at this campground so make sure you do your research before so you don’t have a restless night!
As every restless person typically does, I started thinking about different ways I could help my energy by spending a lot of money. I hit the mall expecting to drop some serious cash in VS’s Annual Sale, however, that still didn’t make me feel better. Taking some serious time to think about what could possibly make me less restless and more happy, I thought about canoeing. I absolutely love canoeing and have been wanting to rent a Kayak to try that as well. As I come up with this idea, my boyfriend and I decide that we want to buy a two-seater kayak because of course, spending a lot of money will help me feel less restless (JK to the 10th power.). Excitingly, we took a trip to EMS and got a big fat reality check when we saw the prices of the Kayaks and the price it would take to swoop up my Civic to fit a big ass Kayak on top of it (separately about $500 btw, so do your research first or buy a Subaru). So, instead of purchasing a Kayak, we brought life jackets and cool fisher hats #worthit.
As I knew I would be super disappointed if we didn’t make the purchase, we planned to rent single kayaks, which we only did for an hour and got a banging workout. I packed a nice Strongbow and enjoyed the view of my boyfriend rippin’ it on his Kayak and me sippin’ my Cider. It was a wonderful feeling. If you never have gone Kayaking or Canoeing- GO! START LIVIN’!
As the day progressed, we got home, warmed up our second pasta dish from Maggianos, and ate the Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls my boyfriend made me from scratch in the morning.
Its safe to say, I had a wonderful weekend.
A little less- Restless Profesh