For most people, Hari Merdeka is a time to unwind, relax, and enjoy food and fun with family and friends. This year, the holiday is extra sweet as it falls on a Friday, perfect for planning short getaways, but also great for a longer time to recharge. Here’s what you can do for some rest and relaxation during Malaysia’s Independence Day weekend:
Take a staycationRequiring way less preparation than taking a full-blown vacation, booking a stay at a local hotel or bed and breakfast is a great way to unwind right in your own hometown. Whether you are seeking to catch up on personal tasks, play tourist and discover new places in your area, or just lounge at a pool, find a spot where your mind and body can take a break from the daily grind.
Seek out wellness experiencesIf you’ve been feeling burnt out and overwhelmed with your job lately, then maybe it's time to schedule some wellness experiences. A wellness retreat is about getting away from the stresses, responsibilities and mad rush of daily life, and letting the mind quiet down.. If this sounds ideal to you, keep an eye out for yoga retreats, detox spas or fitness experiences you can embark on for your three-day weekend. Take this time to jumpstart on your physical health and feel more energised.
Unplug from it allTechnology allows us to be more connected to the office than ever before. Unplugging after work when you’re ‘always on’ isn’t as easy as switching off all your gadgets. But for the sake of your mental well-being, it is absolutely necessary to know when and how to turn off. Use Merdeka Day to pick a hobby or activity that requires your undivided attention and forces you to focus completely, even if it’s just for an hour-long class. No matter which activity you choice, find one that makes you forget the time and enjoy yourself.
VolunteeringSimilar to the benefits of having a hobby, there’s something gratifying about volunteering. Donating your time can offer vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Pick a cause that is close to your heart and allows you to get involved easily. The right match can help you to reduce stress, meet new friends, learn new skills and even advance your career.