It’s here again: Monday morning. Unfortunately, you’re faced with the knowledge that you spent your weekend stressed out, so it felt like you never got a break. Wouldn’t it be mind-boggling if you could get to the beginning of your workweek recharged instead of needing 14 extra cups of coffee just to get to lunchtime?
The good news is that you can absolutely make the weekend less exhausting and more energizing. You just have to make some changes in the way you spend those precious hours. Here are 10 things you can do this Friday night to start on a path to reclaiming your weekends.
1. Stop Drinking So Much
For many people, the weekend is a time to drink up. The problem with all that alcohol is that it does nasty things to your body, like causing insomnia, increasing dehydration and, of course, decreasing the desire to do anything productive. If you want to tip back a mug of ale or sip a glass of wine or two, that’s fine; just stop overdoing it so your body can truly recover.
2. Get Some Sleep But Not Too Much
It can be tempting to sleep for hours and hours on the weekend, but that often leads to the feeling that you got zero accomplished. Plus, sleeping excessively can lead to mental fogginess and a host of other issues. You can sleep in a little, but don’t lie around all day unless you’re sick.
3. Get Off the Couch
Activity is a key ingredient to invigorating your weekend. You don’t have to become a weekend warrior and live at the gym, but it’s a smart idea to spend less time catching up with your DVR and more time moving your body.
4. Be Careful Not to Overeat
Many a diet has been ruined over the weekend when schedules are suddenly thrown to the wind, as are nutritional plans. Stick to more nutritious items if you go out to eat, and if you’re spending your time at home, stock up on low-fat, high protein snacks so you won’t be tempted by chips, crackers and cookies.
5. Reconnect With Family and Friends
Were you working like crazy all week? Saturday and Sunday can be perfect times to call or text your friends and family members. Even short conversations can make both of you feel more connected.
6. Try Not to Do Any Work That Can Wait
It’s tempting to take tons of work home with you over the weekend; after all, in our society, it’s considered a positive attribute to want to work 24/7. Yet it’s just as critical that you take a psychological breather from your job. If you absolutely have to work over the weekend, at least take some downtime, such as Saturday afternoon and evening off.
7. Tackle a Project That You Want to Do
We’re not talking about a honey-do item; we’re talking about something that you’ve wanted to try for a while. This could be anything from crocheting a hat to climbing up the side of a mountain – safely, of course.
8. De-Clutter Your Surroundings by Donating Unused or Unwanted Items
When was the last time you took a trip to Goodwill to donate clothes, books or furniture you no longer wanted? You’ll not only know that you did something great for others, but that you also de-cluttered your living space.
9. Don’t Check Your Social Media Accounts
OK – it might be impossible to do that, but at least check them minimally. Why? Being too attached to social media can be a contributing factor to depression, which isn’t exactly a recipe for positivity.
10. Reclaim Your Time
Your best friend wants you to help her move. Oh, and your mom called to say that she’d like to meet for lunch. That’ll all happen after you check in on your other buddy’s cat while he’s away on a mini-vacation. See a pattern here? Start saying no and your weekend obligation list will be a lot shorter.
As you begin to implement these simple ways to reenergize your weekends, you’ll wonder why you didn’t begin sooner. As they say: Better late than never.