Let’s be real, it’s hard to take some time for ourselves in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. With everything on our plates, we’re happy if we get a few minutes to ourselves. We’re constantly finding more and more work piled onto our desk and no sign of any stress relief. Whether you need to meditate, plan a mini vacation, spend a day reading or socializing with your friends, for your mental health, take breaks! No one can function to their full capabilities with so much stress, 24/7. Here are some tips to seriously to help you unplug and relax on your next weekend off.
Plan your week accordingly.
If you know you have a busy week ahead, make sure to plan it out. Split up your workload for the upcoming week into five equal parts and be sure to leave a little wiggle room in case of last minute meetings or assignments. Be realistic with your timing, and don’t say “oh I can finish this over the weekend.” The last thing that anyone wants is for their work to overflow into their weekend away from the office or campus.
Plan something you can look forward to.
Whether it may be a mini-vacation or a spa weekend, stay-cation type of deal, make sure you plan something to work towards all week long. After a long hard week, it’s a little reward for all the great work you’ve accomplished. Let’s be serious, we’ve all had those days off where we have literally nothing to do, so we stare at our screens all day long and aren’t taking the time to actually relax. It’s great to read the latest tweets, and scroll through Instagram for a while, but let’s kick it up a notch and really let yourself kick back, relax and make the most of the weekend.
Let yourself sleep in.
If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to go against my natural body clock that wakes me up around 7am each morning. But just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Make sure you’ve got a comfortable set up before you go to sleep, and turn off all those alarms, pull she shades, and get a full nights sleep, not those 6 hours you try to run off every other day of the week.
Take a break from anyone who drains you.
It’s pretty self explanatory. We’ve all got those people in our lives (whether we like to admit it or not), who constantly gossip, find themselves in drama, and leave us feeling like we need a nap by the time they’re done talking. There’s nothing wrong with telling them that you’re planning on having a weekend to yourself, and that you’ll talk to them on Monday. I can assure you, they’ll still be there post-weekend. Don’t feel like you need to lend everyone an ear, all the time.
Buy yourself some chocolate and flowers, take a bubble bath, eat your favorite foods, and throw on a face mask. There’s plenty of things you can do if you’re having a little weekend stay-cation to make it an enjoyable and relaxing time. Spend some time reading a book, or buy yourself some little presents to make your weekend just that much better. There’s no reason you can’t spend some money on yourself every once in a while!
Do your absolute best to unplug.
Set specific times where you can check your emails, texts, and social media. It’s totally understandable to sit around checking your phone every time you hear a ‘ding’, but try to stray away from that. Let your colleagues, friends, and family know that you’re going to be taking the weekend off and for yourself. By notifying them that you’re going to be busy, you’re essentially telling them “don’t blow up my phone unless you seriously have to.” It’s okay to check your phone every once in a while, but in order to really relax, you’ll need to put that phone in your purse, and recognize that this is your weekend. Unplug from the online drama, because it’s only taking time away from your precious days off.
The bottom line is, whether you’re planning to have a weekend away or a weekend at home, there’s plenty of different things you can do to make your days off carefree and calm. If you’re going away, plan some fun activities, such as a trip to the nail salon or a mini shopping spree. If you stay home, unplug, take a relaxing bath, and then snuggle into bed with a good book and some delicious chocolate. Come Monday morning you’ll be back to the chaotic schedule, but for this weekend, sit back, put down the phone, and take some time to unwind.