As a culture, we pride ourselves on hard work—putting in extra hours, working late, eating lunch at our desks, or coming in early. We like a job well done and want to impress our colleagues. But as with most things, finding balance is key to health, energy, and even productivity.
More and more, scientists are discovering the positive impact that rest and relaxation have on our performance. Scientific American writer Ferris Jabr describes how mental breaks boost our energy, attention spans, and creativity. And Joe Robinson of Entrepreneur writes about how the brain needs rest from constant stimulation and thinking.
So after your hard day’s work, remember to rest, relax, and play. Take a peek at these refreshing Indianapolis activities to help you find renewal and fun this fall.
- Traders Point Creamery. Farm grounds are open for exploring with public daily cow milking at 5 pm (talk about fresh!). Don’t miss the Loft Restaurant for farm-to-fork cuisine and the dairy bar for ice cream lovers.
- Goose The Market. Fall fun for foodies! Indulge in gourmet sandwiches, soups, gelato, and meats made from locally-raised, pastured animals. Enjoy wine tastings, cheeses, cured meats, and even oysters in the market’s cellar.
- Fountain Square. If you haven’t already explored this iconic part of our city, you must! Check out the historic theater, enjoy dancing, some of Indy’s hottest restaurants, honey wines and mead at New Day, and duck pin bowling on two vintage lanes.
- The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Immerse yourself in 100 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows with a 35-acre lake. Open daily, dawn-to-dusk, with free admission. Explore at your own pace and soak in the gorgeous Indiana scenery with quirky art installations along the way.
- Indianapolis Symphony. Perfect for a dressed-up night on the town on Monument Circle. The fall season includes pops, classical favorites, and even acrobats from the Cirque de la Symphonie. (Yes, acrobats!).
- Crown Hill Cemetery. This might sound like an odd one, but these beautiful grounds make up the third largest cemetery in the U.S. with notable burials such as Pres. Benjamin Harrison, three vice presidents, and notorious bank robber, John Dillinger. Public and private tours offered through December.
- Indiana Repertory Theatre. Experience a play in this gorgeous historical theatre built in 1927. Take in an unforgettable production like A Christmas Carol, a time-honored, IRT family favorite.
- IDADA First Friday Art Tours. Take a fun, self-guided tour of over 35 art galleries downtown. Enjoy refreshments and mingle with the artists themselves. First Friday happens—suprise!—on the first Friday of each month, 6-9 p.m.
While working hard has its benefits, remember to schedule rest and play into your days. Not only will you feel better and enjoy life more, your work will improve, too. Start your fall Indy bucket list this week! You’ll be so glad you did.