A long, intense workweek can drain all your energy, leaving you feeling tired and exhausted by Friday night. Then you have two sweet days in which you forget about worries, work tasks and just focus on having fun and resting. Unfortunately, on Monday morning, you find yourself wondering where these days off went and know you need to start this whole cycle all over again. Sound familiar?
This article will provide you with a series of suggestions that will help you to plan a weekend that is relaxing enough to recharge and restore energy levels for the week ahead.
Weekend Activity Affects Workdays Mood & Productivity
With the rapid development of organisation scale, the progress of internet technology, and the global epidemic impact, people gradually can not clearly distinguish between workday and weekend, resulting in increasing workplace pressure. According to a survey by Expedia, an online travel company, only 53% of employees feel rested when they return from vacation. However, for most, if not all, the weekend should be considered designed to provide employees with a full rest and adjustment time.
Katrina Onstad, the author of “The Weekend Effect”, explains in the book that proper use of weekend and leisure time for recharging and rest can help workers live a healthier life. After all, if a person does not undergo reconstruction after a week’s work, his productivity and mood will be significantly reduced. The Journal of organisational behaviour also confirmed in the research on how employees spend their weekends is related to their emotional state when they return to work. The experience of relaxation can reduce tension and release pressure, regenerate self-regulated resources, and then affect work mood and efficiency. It can be seen that how to plan weekend activities is very critical for an employee’s career and physical and mental health. Forbes magazine explained this truth in a simple sentence: “You can only do so much and work so hard in a day; everybody needs to rest and recharge.”
Five Activities To Help You Unwind At Weekends
1. Stay Away From Your Gadgets
Our gadgets can really distract us from the more important things in our day-to-day life. Nowadays, we are all constantly texting, emailing, responding, surfing or online buying. But even if you don’t realise it, being constantly connected can be overwhelming and might induce stress.
Consider taking a mental break from all your electronics. Refrain from checking your social media and put all emails and unnecessary calls on hold. If you can, stash your phone for the entire day and enjoy activities that keep you unplugged throughout the weekends. Get to know the sound of quiet, check out live music, read an inspiring book or even have a mini dance practice at your home. It’s the simple, grounding activities that can restore your energy and bring you the most joy.
2. Cook Food
Cooking or baking not only allow you to create something yummy for you and your loved ones, but these activities also offer some kind of therapy. While preparing food, you often get lost in the process, which helps to decrease stress and anxiety, bring out your creative side and provide aromatherapy. It also offers a rewarding experience that comes once you have finished cooking and cleaning.
Thanks to all the technology in today’s world, it has never been easier to quickly find a recipe and use it for your daily meals. Just scroll through your social media feeds, and you will find delicious yet easy-to-make meals.
3. Spend Quality Time With Your Loved Ones
Try not to be one of those individuals that only have “work friends”. It’s also essential to sustain connections outside of the workplace – with your beloved relatives, your old high school or college friends or a special someone.
During the workweek, we usually sacrifice time with our friends, family members and community to ensure that all deadlines are met. So, consider spending some time with your loved ones on your day off. Make it a goal to have a meaningful conversation, set aside time for lunch with a close friend or send a letter/postcard to an elderly relative you haven’t seen in a long time. Communicating on a deep level with someone whose company you really enjoy will help you feel happy and energised for days to come!
4. Engage In Some Self-Care
After a stressful week at the office, working hard and completing tasks for your team and your employer, make sure to set aside time for self-care. Whether it is meant for you doing a DIY manicure, listening to some music, painting or watching a movie or some TV, choose at least one activity that you like and schedule it into your next Saturday or Sunday. Having time for yourself and doing something you enjoy is one of the best ways to refresh yourself, make you feel better and more relaxed in a short amount of time.
You can also pamper yourself by having a long soak in a bathtub, which is a great way to feel refreshed. To make your experience extra relaxing, you can light some candles, turn on background music, bring that delicious smelling body scrub and add a CBD bath bomb into your tub. A bath bomb with CBD oil is not only a fun way to take a bath but also very beneficial. The active, chemical ingredient cannabidiol (CBD) is known to interfere with different receptors of your endocannabinoid system through the open pores of your skin. Such interaction results in reduced stress and anxiety levels, pain relief, better sleep and improved skin condition.
5. Do Something Completely Different
Even the most relaxing weekend might feel boring if your Saturday and Sunday look the same each time. Try to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself with new physical or intellectual activities every week.
You can plan a bike ride or road trip, go for a picnic, take a walk in nature or even try out hiking. By exploring new sights and places and reconnecting with nature, you can relieve the stress, re-energise yourself and breathe a new life into your daily routine while staying close to home.