The Zen Com­mand­ments

Condé Nast House & Garden - - MANIFESTO -

1. Keep it sim­ple.

We all tend to get a bit car­ried away some­times, whether it’s an eight-course al fresco fi­esta or an en­tire in­te­rior over­haul to wel­come the new sea­son. Slow down, take it easy.

2. Stop tak­ing your­self so se­ri­ously.

By this time of year you prob­a­bly need a va­ca­tion from your boss as much as you do from your­self. Loosen up a bit, it’s prob­a­bly not that big a deal.

3. Get a ca­bana.

It’s the sea­son of the pool pavil­ion – and for good rea­son. You’re go­ing to be cook­ing here, play­ing games here, re­lax­ing here – you name it, it’s the all-in-one sum­mer so­lu­tion.

4. Go off the grid.

You heard us: switch off your data. A few days spent liv­ing in the mo­ment rather than try­ing to find the right fil­ter for it will do you a world of good.

5. Try walk­ing from point A to point B.

You’re never go­ing to discover the hid­den gems of a new city (or even your own one) if you’re just jump­ing into Ubers.

6. But don’t get too lost.

What did we do be­fore Google Maps? It makes nav­i­gat­ing pretty much any­where on earth stress-free (plus it still works when your data is off).

7. Plan, but not too much.

Stress­ing and ob­sess­ing over ev­ery last de­tail of a meal, party or va­ca­tion is pretty coun­ter­pro­duc­tive. Take a deep breath and leave a lit­tle some­thing to chance.

8. It’s okay to do noth­ing.

Don’t be that per­son who ‘needs a week­end af­ter their week­end’. It’s your time and if you want to spend it on the couch with a good book (see page 34) then do it.

9. Do some­thing that’s free (and get a work­out, too).

Whether that’s a hike, a trail run or a swim in the pool, not ev­ery­thing fun has to cost money.

10. Treat your­self.

Whether that’s a choco­late-filled crois­sant for break­fast or just one more glass of wine at din­ner, you’ve earned it. The tread­mill will al­ways be there to­mor­row.

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