The Zen Commandments
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.