“The weekend flew by so quickly, I didn’t even have time to relax!” How many of us have heard this phrase whenever we ask our friends or colleagues about their weekends. Most of us see the weekends as an opportunity for us to catch up on all the things that we did not do during the week. Back then, I would cram so many appointments, errands and meet ups on weekends that I would feel drained by the time it is Sunday night. Most of us don’t realise it, but isn’t it the same as trying to fit 5 days’ worth of activities into 2 days? It felt no different from a hectic week at work even though I was supposed to be resting on weekends. Without proper rest, emotions can run awry and fatigue may start to make you lose your purpose in life. So how can we relax and recharge over the weekend without feeling exhausted on Monday?
Disconnect From Work And Social Media
I believe we all struggle with this. Even though we physically leave our office on Friday, our mind can’t help but to wonder about work. How many times have you checked your work email over the weekends? Set boundaries for yourself and know when to switch off from work. If you are rushing to meet a deadline, dedicate not more than half a day to do it. Weekends are also the perfect time for you to disconnect from social media and give yourself some attention. After all, how are you going to enjoy your weekend if you are spending too much time looking at how others are enjoying theirs?
Reconnect With Nature
Are you more of a beach person or a forest person? Either way, go out, spend some time with nature and get a breath of fresh air. We spend so much time cooped up in front of the computer screen that we are not giving our body and mind enough time to properly recharge. Studies have shown that being in nature can reduce stress and anger and improve your emotional wellbeing. So what are you waiting for? Throw on your swimsuit and lie on the beach or take a walk in the park. Use this time to also practice mindfulness by being aware of the sights, sound and smell of nature.
Spend Time With Friends And Family
Let’s face it. Regardless of whether you are an introvert of an extrovert, humans are social creatures and we all need some social interaction in our lives. During the week, we often sacrifice time with friends and family for work. So let work take a backseat during weekends. You don’t have to be a social butterfly, but spending some time with your loved ones or close friends can improve your emotional and mental wellbeing. They can lend a listening ear, devise solutions to your problems and help you to better cope with your emotions.
Recharge and rejuvenate your body with comfort food and a good massage. The bubble tea that you have been craving all week? Drink it. The spa that you have been dreaming about? Go for it. Don’t feel guilty about pampering yourself once in a while. Treating yourself gives you a much-needed break from routine and it can motivate and get you ready for the coming week. It is alright to rest and relax during the weekend after a hectic week at work. You earned it!
Do What You Love
What do you enjoy doing? Do you enjoy lying in bed watching Netflix shows? Do you like going for fitness classes? Spending time on activities that you like is actually a way of giving yourself some ‘me time’. However, do be careful that some of the activities that you ‘enjoy’ might actually cause more stress and negative feelings. Before you engage in an activity, remember to ask yourself these questions: Does this activity make me happy? Do I feel relaxed or rejuvenated after doing it? Don’t feel obliged to include activities that are adverse to your wellbeing or something that you dislike just because everyone is doing it.
How do you usually spend your weekends? The 48 hours that we have is precious. Rather than waiting for a vacation, why not treat every weekend like a mini vacation? Weekends are meant to be rest days instead of stress days, so slow down and let your mind relax. Don’t feel overwhelmed by the need to do something. Just do what you like and enjoy the weekend!