by Katelyn Davis
If you’re like me than your schedule is jammed Monday through Friday between a full-time job, dog park playdates, grocery shopping, cleaning the gutters, and finding time to sleep. It’s easy to get caught up in a hectic lifestyle (busy means productive, right?) and forget to appreciate what is around you.
So often I find myself wishing the weekend would come faster so I could spend some quality time in my hammock in a fun park or by the water. But in reality, there’s so much hammocking that can be done right in your own backyard (literally) that doesn’t require a lot of time or planning.
Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your hammock during the week:
1. Hammock on Lunch
Look around. Are there any trees outside your building or home? If so, pack up your lunch and take it to go! Put your hammock in a nice shady spot near work, home, or school and enjoy an outdoor picnic. An hour of fresh air, good food, and a relaxing atmosphere will leave you refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your day!
2. Hammock and Binge Watch
Next time you’re on a Netflix bender (admit it, we all do it), take your tablet or laptop outside and watch your favorite shows from the comfort of your hammock. Being outside will lessen the biologic tolls binge watching has on your body by keeping your circadian rhythm intact and acclimated, while giving you a healthy dose of vitamin D. Just don’t forget the sunscreen! It also gives you a great cover next time someone accuses you of watching too much TV and not spending enough time outside!
3. Hammock and Read
Whether you’re reading for pleasure or reading for work or school, there’s no better spot to read than in a hammock. Find a quiet peaceful spot in your yard or local park and before you know it you’ll have breezed through the book in no time!
4. Hammock and Unwind
Studies show that our constant technology usage is hindering our ability to get restful sleep. Challenge yourself to “power down” and “unplug” for the last half hour before you go to bed. This means no TV and no phone. Instead spend this time relaxing in your hammock and reflecting on the past day. After your 30 minutes of meditation, head back inside and hit the hay for a well-deserved, quality night sleep.
5. Hammock and Work
If you work at a job where you might be lucky enough to be able to request an alternative work arrangement or if you have the flexibility to work from home, consider taking your laptop outside to your hammock. The fresh air will clear your head and help you concentrate at the task at hand. This also works for schoolwork.
What is your favorite way to relax in a hammock, and how do you make time to do so? Sound off in the comments and let us know!ABOUT KATELYN: By day I am a social media marketing specialist living in Detroit and on the weekends I am a wanderlusting adventurer. I’m addicted “unplugging” and enjoying the great outdoors. And whenever I can, I like to take my Siberian Husky along with me. You can find me enjoying nature and documenting every moment of it on Instagram. My tools of the trade are my GoPro and iPhone and my key to relaxation is my ENO.