Weekends give you a few days for yourself and a short break from work. However, if you don’t know how to make the most out of them, they don’t do you much good. So instead of lounging around the house this coming weekend, here are a few ways on how to relax, recharge, and make your days off count at the same time.
Do volunteer work
Instead of catching up on your usual TV program, why not become a volunteer? Aside from being a worthy endeavor, it helps you build relationships and enjoy the positive energy brought about by helping others. There are many charity organizations that widely welcome volunteers. Just Google “Volunteer work (location)” and you’ll get a lot of options. Whether for a hospital, orphanage, or less fortunate community, pouring acts of service onto needy hearts is something that would count.
Attend yoga classes
Allot a few hours on your day off to hit the mat for yoga. Stretching those tired muscles can release tension and stress you’ve acquired the whole week. Meditation can also bring your mind to a calmer state. If you don’t feel like joining a class, you can do it at home. Pop an instructional yoga DVD and stretch away! Just make sure not to go beyond your limits as no one might be able to help you in case of an overstretched tendon.
Ah, sleeping. The one thing often deprived of us during working days. If you want to recharge after a tiresome week, this is definitely one of the best options for you. Don’t feel guilty if you need to sneak a few hours here and there, as sleeping is good for your health. Bear in mind that you don’t always need to be up and about to be productive. If your body needs a long nap, give in and allow your body to recover and rejuvenate.
Go on a short trip
Are you fed up with your weekly routine? Are your feet itching to go somewhere for the weekend? What you need is a short trip. A change of scenery can be a breath of fresh air for employees. New sights, new people, new places – these things can clear your mind and most definitely bring it far from you last meeting or your upcoming presentation. Whether a planned or spontaneous one, remember to have fun.
Break a sweat
No doubt about it, physical activity is one of the best ways to reduce stress and lower tension. Studies reveal that exercise releases endorphins or “feel good hormones,” aside from keeping your body fit and healthy. On your days off, engage in a new sport, jog around the block, bike in your new neighborhood, or swim with friends. If you’re an indoor person, hit the weights or the treadmill.
Make time for a neglected hobby
Look back. What did you do before when you had a lot of time to spare? On your days off, pick up that paint brush, musical instrument, novel, or whatever thing that kept you busy but haven’t touched in years. Now’s the time to reconnect with a pastime that made you smile.
Do something social
Days off can also mean meeting with peers and friends who you don’t usually see during an ordinary work week. Meet for a happy hour drink or host a barbeque with a group of pals. It’s always relaxing to chat and share a few laughs about your day with people close to you. If a physical get-together is impossible, you can call her up or talk through video chats.
You can always unwind but still stay productive over your days off. I hope this article gave you ideas! If you have more ideas to share, tell us about it in the comments!