Let us all face it: the stressful life has become the norm nowadays. Spending five eight-hour days in the office or school is no joke—and that doesn’t include the bulk of homework and paperwork that you have to bring home with you. Honestly, the two-day rest is not enough. Thus, planning the weekend can be beneficial.
While sleeping is a relaxing thing to do during the weekend, you can do other healthier activities.
Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC said “Mindfulness meditation practices are effective interventions, and sometimes for mild to moderate conditions—depression and anxiety—super-effective as front lines.”
Exercise, But Do Not Overdo It
Your joints get stuck after a whole week of sitting at your workspace. The life of an office person is a sedentary one. Do your muscles a favor and make it a habit to move during your free time.
Exercise is useful not only for the body but also for our emotional well-being. It releases the brain’s happy hormone called serotonin. This chemical is responsible for making us feel happy and energized.
Read Anything To Your Liking
Reading can help in any issues about anxiety that you do not know you may have. It helps reduce stress levels and can even give you a new perspective in life.
It is good that you divert your attention from reality for a while and read any book that may spark your interest. However, do not confine yourself to novels if these do not do anything that will help you relax. You can resort to the Internet and read articles, journals, and blog posts to lighten the mood. Do these with caution, especially if your eyes need a break from gadgets and bright screens.
Ronald D. Siegel, PSYD “We go through a ton of information on mindfulness and how mindfulness works to alleviate chronic pain and the suffering that’s associated with it.”
Now is the time to be healthy and be alive! Go out and be active about your passion with old friends or new ones. One sports activity may awaken the competitiveness in you. Showcase these extraordinary talents of yours, which you cannot show in the office or at your school.
Shop And Treat Yourself
You can do this online or through physical stores. You have accomplished many things this week, no matter how small they may be. It feels good to treat yourself even if it is just a piece of cake to go with your coffee. Plus, it is something you can look forward to if it becomes a habit in the long run.
Change the colors of your room or tweak the organization of your living room. Your bedroom is an expression of yourself. Your physical environment can significantly impact your mood for the day.
Look for colors and other stuff that will make you feel energized. Remember that this is the first view you will encounter once you wake up. Clean your space and reduce the stress that a chaotic room adds to your week.
Lara Fielding PsyD, Ed.M said “Mindfulness skills can’t protect you from the normal mayhem of life of course. But knowing your own passengers and autopilot emotional habits can certainly help you avoid repeating the same mistakes over and over again and promote the resilience you need to bounce back.”
Weekend activities do not necessarily mean that you have to spend a fortune to have extravagant getaways. All you must do is pick a small activity that will calm and re-energize your mind and body. Even if you have to do them inside the home, make your weekend activities worth it. Every minute should be all about yourself and your loved ones only.