All of our lives we are told to get the most out of everyday. We are taught to work as hard as we can and also to have as much fun as we can. However, have you ever realized how exhausted that makes us? We are over-worked and over-played and it is rare when we get a second to relax and recharge. To help you feel rejuvenated and refreshed after a long work week, and still allow you to get the most out of your weekend, I put together a list of five activities that can be both enjoyable and relaxing.
The funny thing about living so close to the beach is that a lot of us don’t take advantage of all it has to offer. We know it will always be there and life can often get in the way of enjoying it. This weekend I challenge you to go explore the ocean. Whether you surf on a weekly basis, or you’ve never tried it before, grab a board and go jump in the cool, refreshing water and take advantage of the warm, sunny weather we are blessed with on the West Coast. If you’ve never caught a wave before on a surfboard, you will be surprised how therapeutic and rewarding it feels. Not a big fan of surfing? Then ditch the board and just go swim, float, or body surf. The ocean is there just waiting for you to jump in and embrace it.
This one may seem obvious, but it really is one of the best ways to refresh your system and get energized. The soothing lotions and essential oils help to clear your mind and flush your body of toxins. The Sand Spa located in Hermosa Beach and downtown Manhattan Beach can provide just what you need. They offer a range of spa treatments from massages to facials to cater to your specific needs. They are experts in what they do and keep your body and skin healthy and vibrant. The best part about Sand Spa is that it won’t break the bank with their massages starting at just $39. So who says you need to be on vacation to enjoy the spa?
Playing tourist in your own city can sometimes be the best type of vacation. There’s no travel time, no tasteless airplane food, and at the end of the day you get to sleep in your own bed instead of on a stiff hotel mattress. We all know whale watching can be seen as a tourist trap, but it is no surprise why so many people who visit the area want to do it. While riding a boat on the open sea with the cool, misty air on your face is fun and exhilarating, it also has a calming way of silencing the hustle and bustle of the city back on land. Whale watching takes you away from the busy world you are used to and plants you among some of nature’s most fascinating creatures. As we are getting towards the end of the whale migration season from chilly Alaskan waters south to the warm waters in Baja, California, don’t put it off — gather a group of friends and loved ones together and book a tour before it’s too late!
Even though we live in one of the most beautiful and interesting places in California, we often forget about the roots and history behind the area. A visit to the Hermosa Beach Historical Museum will not only teach you about how Hermosa Beach came to be and what makes it so great, but it will allow you to pull your mind away from your busy day and focus on the stories, photographs, and music of the past. The Hermosa Beach Historical Museum offers guests many different types of exhibits, including:
The beach is our best asset in the South Bay and we should be utilizing it much more than we do. There aren’t many other places in the world that you can roast a marshmallow on the beach while watching the sunset. Whether you want to enjoy some quality time with your family, or spice up your relationship with a little romance, I highly suggest you check out Dockweiler Beach for the perfect warm spring night beach experience. Pack up a cooler with savory and sweet food items to cook over an open fire and settle down in the cool sand to watch as the sun dips below the horizon.
To learn about more activities and things you can do to increase your health and happiness, contact me today. I provide therapy and counseling services for children, teens, adults and couples in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Torrance and all over the South Bay area. If you would like to schedule an appointment with me, please contact me by calling me at 310-892-2572 or email me.