7 Ways to Have A Long Lasting Weekend

Submitted by Myers Davis on Tue, 10/26/2021 - 11:10 am
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We've all been there; we leave work on Friday ready for the upcoming weekend, and then before you know it, it's Monday again and you're back to work. Sometimes it can feel like the weekend flies by and you don't feel like you've had any time off. If this is something you are struggling with, don't worry. There are plenty of ways to get the most out of your weekend, so you can show up on Monday feeling ready and refreshed!

Make Plans
If you don't make plans, there is a good chance you will end up doing nothing. To avoid this, plan your weekend like you would your work week. This doesn't mean you have to fill every minute with something to do, but think of some activities to spread throughout your weekend so you'll be less likely to stay home all day. Some good weekend activities include bowling, going to the movies, or even going to a zoo or a museum. 

Get Outdoors
Getting some fresh air and exercise will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. You can go on a hike, play some tennis, go biking, or play some sports with your friends. Not only will you leave feeling great, but you will have made some special memories with your friends. (Not to mention the extra exercise you will be getting!)

Avoid Alcohol
It can be easy to get carried away on Friday night after the long work week, but getting too drunk will leave you hungover and you most likely will end up in bed all day on Saturday. Not to mention, when you drink it can sometimes make it feel like the time is going by faster. This doesn't mean you can never go out for drinks with your friends, but if you want to make the most out of your weekend, it would most likely be best if you limit the amount of times you and your friends go drinking and opt for some different activities instead.

Relax
Weekend activities are important, but allowing yourself some relaxing time is equally important. You need to let yourself recharge for the upcoming week, and you most likely don't want to be running at full speed all weekend anyway. Some good relaxing options could be staying home and reading a good book, watching your favorite T.V. show, or maybe going to the spa to get your nails done.

Avoid Routine
Doing the same things at work throughout the week and then also the same things every weekend can become routine, eventually causing you to feel like you are in a rut, which can quickly lead to burn-outs. You can avoid this by trying not to do the same things every weekend. Go to new places, and switch up your activities. If you go hiking one weekend, try going to the movies the next. You could even try new restaurants or shopping centers that you haven't been to before!

Put Off Some Things
It sounds weird to tell yourself to put some things off, doesn't it? But this can actually be a good thing sometimes. If you are about to do something that can easily be done during the work week, try doing it during the week. This will allow for time to relax and have fun. One thing that this includes is chores. Doing your chores during the week instead of saving them for the weekend will permit you to go out with your friends instead of being stuck at home next to the washer.

Don't Think About Monday
It can definitely be hard to block out thoughts about the upcoming work week, but trying to live in the moment will help you have better experiences, and will overall make your weekend less stressful. Not to mention, you will get a lot more enjoyment if you aren't worrying the whole time you are having fun!