Mindful Monday no. 69 – 15 Ideas for Mini Breaks


Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.

—Louisa May Alcott

As we are pushed to meet the demands of a caregiver’s life, we fantasize about a full day or two of respite rather than a series of smaller breaks that better fit into our regular routine. When days off may seem like  a dream, do what you can to incorporate more time for yourself to ensure your own health and wellness.

Here are 15 ideas for mini breaks when you are short on time:  

2 Hours or Less

  1. Drop in to a yoga class.
  2. Pour yourself a hot bath with some Epson salts or essential oils.
  3. Read your favourite magazines or journals at a local cafe.
  4. Watch a current movie that has received rave reviews.
  5. Bake, stew, steam, can, pickle, ferment. Here are some ideas.
  6. Book a massage appointment.

2-4 Hours 

  1. Visit an art gallery or studio for inspiration.
  2. Visit a speciality shop (like the Vancouver Pen Shop or Michael’s) to buy yourself something that feeds your interest.
  3. Get tickets to a local theatre production.
  4. Stop by a local venue to hear some live music.
  5. Swim, steam, and sauna at the local aquatic centre.

4 Hours or More

  1. Go on a hike or walk in the local mountains.
  2. Take a day trip to White Rock, Steveston, or even Bowen Island.
  3. Create a home spa: combine a hot bath with some robe-lounging time with your favourite magazines.
  4. Visit the cat sanctuary in Richmond.
  5. Learn more about local history at one of the Lower Mainland museums.

If you are even more short on time, see our round-up of 98 ways to practise self-care in 5 minutes or less.



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