The weekend is the perfect time to disconnect from the routine, however, not everyone knows how to make the most of it. As much as you like your job and enjoy your time at the office, you cannot deny that the week is exhausting and getting alive on Friday afternoon is almost an extreme challenge.
Unfortunately, we cannot add overtime to those days when we have 3 meetings in a row, an appointment with the dentist and a company dinner. But what we can do is use some hours of the weekend to relax and charge the batteries to arrive well prepared on the dreaded Monday morning.
Since we know that from Monday to Friday you hardly have time to think, we have decided to help you by preparing a list of several tips to enjoy the perfect weekend and get to Monday morning like new. Take note:
There is nothing worse than arriving home with a blank mind on Friday afternoon (and probably fuming all the stress accumulated in the week). As sociable or active as you are, tiredness will not allow you to be spontaneous and you will most likely end up lying on the sofa watching some TV program that you are not even interested in. Planning the weekend in advance empowers the imagination. Take advantage of Sunday night to take a pencil and paper and put in writing what you would like to do the following weekend, so when Friday afternoon arrives you will not have to think but enjoy.
Stay away from the screens
You spend the whole week glued to the screen of your computer, phone and tablet (sometimes even at the same time!). Which means that when Friday night comes, you should try to get as far away from them as possible. Unless you have planned to go to the movies with your friends or your date :). With these exceptions aside, staying away from the screens is not only good for the eyes but will help you get cooler at the office on Monday morning.
Disconnect the alarm
Is there anything more relaxing and enjoyable than sleeping after a long week of work? No!. But is there anything worse than that moment when the alarm goes off on Monday at 6AM? The answer is also no. Therefore, experts recommend continuing to wake up at the same time as weekdays, so as not to drive the body crazy and, above all, to be able to make the most of the rest day. But among us, turning off the alarm on weekends is one of life’s greatest joys.
Practice your hobbies
Weekends are the perfect time to relax enjoying your favorite hobbies. Practicing yoga is a super recommended option because you will help to get your muscles ready for the new week. Painting or photography are very good options to escape from reality for a while and give free rein to your creativity. And speaking of creativity, writing is also a hobby that helps to release accumulated stress. In fact, this is the only case in which we recommend you approach your computer: either to update your urban photography portfolio or to finally translate your passion for design in your first fashion blog, for example.
Enjoy the outdoors
Since you have decided to follow the advice of the professionals and get up early also on Saturday and Sunday, it is time to go out and enjoy the fresh air. Whether it’s a walk in the city, a little jogging in the park or a barbecue with your family or friends, leaving home is the best, and healthiest, way to disconnect. You are already spending too much time between the four walls of your office to be locked up for the weekend as well.
Join the “Meal-Prep” trend
Good nutrition is key to face a long day of work with energy. Our grandmothers already said it: “eat breakfast like a king, eat lunch like a prince and dinner like a poor man.” As always, the theory is very nice, but in practice, with our crazy schedules, it is quite difficult to carry out a healthy meal plan. In recent times, there is a trend that is becoming very popular online thanks to “fitness addicts and healthy living.” This is the “Meal-Prep,“ a practice that basically consists of taking advantage of a few hours of the weekend and preparing all the lunches and dinners of the week. Try it and you will notice how your quality of life and health increase. Also think that an hour of cooking on Sundays will save you five days of headaches and junk food!
Catch up on the latest news
Let’s face it, during the week we all flip through the newspaper but in reality we only have time to check headlines and, at best, read our horoscope for the day. But that’s what the weekend is for! Reserve an hour or two to catch up with those headlines that caught your attention during the week but also with the latest trends in design, cinema, fashion or food.