You have been working hard all week, pushing yourself to the limits both physically and mentally. It’s time you take a bit of a rest and unwind. Weekends should rejuvenate you, rather than exhaust you or stress you out even more.
So, you may just want to change any plans you made during the week. Here are 7 relaxing ways to spend your weekend, and get recharged for that first Monday back to work.
#1 – Enjoy a leisurely breakfast
Let yourself sleep in late, and get in some light stretching upon waking. Take your time, rather than rushing around like you usually would during the week. Brew that perfect pot of coffee, and make some toast with your favorite spread (I’m partial to Nutella). Grab a book, and take your breakfast out on the patio for to enjoy a sunlit breakfast. Listen to the birds chirping, and the breeze whispering through the leaves in the trees. Take time for you, and time to just be.
#2 – Draw up a relaxing bath
What better way to relax than to enjoy a hot bubble bath? Invest in a neck pillow, some bath bombs, and some bubble bath. If wine is your thing, get the prettiest glass you can fine. Treat yourself. Draw up a bath as hot as you like it, toss in some bubble bath or one of the bath bombs, and climb on in. Slip down into water, rest your head on the pillow, and let all of your stress just melt away. Play some music, and let yourself unwind.
#3 – Go outside
As a freelance writer, this is one thing that I find to be incredibly important. I spend all week in front of my laptop, typing away on some article or another. Taking the time to go for a 20 minute walk to the Starbucks and back is not only a fun outing, but it gives me a bit of exercise. I like to walk through the pretty areas, and enjoy all the incredibly green trees (I still don’t miss ugly palm trees). I blast my iPod, and try to remember to not walk to the beat of my music. If you can, try to get in at least 30 minutes of walking each day, but make your weekend walks a bit of a special outing. Find a park you like, or walk to a coffee shop to take advantage of some free wi-fi and delicious cold brew.
#4 – Plan your week
After you’ve walked to the coffee shop and are enjoying the little adventure part of your relaxing weekend, take some time to plan your week. Bring your weekly planner to the coffee shop with you, and take advantage of the (hopefully!) comfortable seating. Map out what tasks you MUST do, tasks you WANT to do, and tasks you will EVENTUALLY do. Taking the time to organize everything you have will help you to compartmentalize the tasks and prepare yourself for your upcoming week of work. An organized mind is a less stressful mind!
#5 – Get in some gaming
Not only is gaming incredibly fun (Which is why I’ve been doing it for over 21 years!), but it also boosts your brain power. Practice your spatial reasoning with some strategy, and your reaction time with some FPS titles. Blow off some steam by slaughtering zombies. Make yourself proud by earning some exotic bounties. Whichever your style or game preference, spend as much time as you can just having fun and enjoying your relaxing weekend.
#6 – Netflix, YouTube, etc. . .
One of the best relaxing ways to spend your weekend is to go through that playlist que you have on your YouTube account. Or get caught up on some of those shows. Binge-watching is a perfectly acceptable activity, and should be engaged in as much as possible. 98% of statistics are made up on the spot, but it’s still totally true that 99.82% of people who binge-watch their favorite shows and fandoms live longer and happier lives. Totally true. SCIENCE.
#7 – Nap!
Take a short nap each day of your weekend. A short nap (20-30 minutes) is recommended for short-term alertness. This style of nap markedly improves alertness and overall performance levels without leaving you feeling BLAH, or making it hard to sleep later that night.