Have you ever noticed that we as a society beg for Friday and then spend a few hours in pure bliss and then, sometimes even as early as Saturday afternoon start falling into the pit of despair because we know Monday is on the way? So, what to do on the weekend? Let’s talk about it.
Why do you think we dread Mondays?
I want you to think of the most successful person either that you know or is a someone you have read about.
What do you think they do on the weekends? Do you think that they’re constantly on their computer or in their office/store?
Nope. They’re recharging their batteries on the weekends to be ready for their jam packed week ahead.
Do they work on the weekends at all? I’m sure they do some, but there’s a reason these people have assistants. It’s to help guard their time and ensure their schedule is manageable.
Girl, I know you and I don’t have an assistant, but follow the bouncing ball here.
We have to manage our schedules and our time so that way we can use our weekends to recharge just like the most successful of people do.
On the other hand, I’m almost positive they’re not binge watching Netflix every weekend either. It’s called balance. And yes, there is such a thing as balance.
I’ll be honest, I used to hate Mondays. So much so in fact that on Sunday night for about 9ish months, I would cry. I would cry because my job was so incredibly hard mentally that I didn’t want to face it the next day.
My body begged for Friday and then Saturday and Sunday I crammed it full of things that had to be done to keep my mind off of the week ahead. Which made Monday even more exhausting because my body never had a chance to recover.
At the end of those 9 or so months I started to realize that there was way more to living than my life revolving around a job that sucked the very air from my lungs.
Mondays now are one of my favorite days of the week.
Yes. I absolutely love Mondays. The reason I love Mondays is not because I love my job now, even though I do… It’s because I have changed my mindset to see Mondays as just the beginning of a week full of opportunities.
Not only that, I use my weekends to rest so that it springboards me into the week to be able to have a great week. It’s all because I learned what to do on the weekend.
Let’s dive in further, shall we?
What to do on the Weekend – Don’t Over Commit
First thing is first and that is to guard your weekend. Your weekend should be full of rest and activities that are restful.
Here’s what I don’t mean – I don’t mean stay to in bed all weekend.
Girl, you are a human being. You are meant to go and be. Know what I mean?
You were NOT created to grind 40+ hours a week in an office dreaming of what could be and then go home and stay in bed all weekend then do the grind again.
What if you missed a workout during the week and the only time you can do it is on Saturday?
Well, then go do your workout! Get some of that stress out and then finish your weekend allowing your body to recover.
What to do on the Weekend – Take a Nap
Yes, girl. Take yourself a nap. I’m not sure why, but napping seems to have become an activity that is frowned upon, but good sleep is vital to allowing your body to recover.
Our body basically hits this sort of reset button while we’re sleeping. Why do you think that doctors always recommend sleep when you’ve got the flu or something?
It’s because of the positive things that sleep does for your body.
Let’s dig a bit deeper on this but on nighttime sleep:
“1. Do you fall asleep within 5 minutes of going to bed?Coach Mark Carroll
2. Do you stay asleep without waking up through the night?
3. Do you wake up before your alarm and jump out of bed with energy?”
If you can answer yes to those, then you’ve been having good sleep! If not, then take a look at your bedtime routine and get your nighttime routine down pat.
In the meantime, allow yourself to take a nap on the weekends. Allow your body that ability to recharge and restore itself.
There’s no shame in a nap.
What to do on the Weekend – Get Outside
Girl, get your butt outside. The last of my top 3 tips for what to do on the weekend is to go outdoors.
Go hiking, walk your butt around the neighborhood, go to an outdoor shopping mall, or local festival of some kind.
Do SOMETHING that is low key and relaxing. These kinds of activities are where you create memories with your hubby.
Here’s an example. In my home state that are all kinds of local festivals. We live about 20 minutes outside of a bigger city that sits right on the river so there are all kinds of festivals year round.
One of them is a cheese dip festival where they have judges that will judge all different kinds of cheese dip. You can take a muffin baking tin, and go get samples of all the different kinds of cheese dip.
Shut up right now. Girl! There is cheese dip to be sampled and you want to watch Netflix? No, ma’am.
Go find a relaxing activity to do. You’ve cleared your calendar and you’ve had your nap. It’s time to get your bum outdoors and go for a hike or some outdoor festival or something. Believe me when I say, you’re going to remember the small things in life such as going to a cheese dip festival. Don’t look back on your life when you’re 80 and say “gosh, I should have turned off Netflix and gone out and explored more”.
Using these tips will really help you to recharge your body for the new week; plus, it helps with mindset.
We’ve all heard of “hangry” right? I mean, I have the concept of hangry down to an art. But after we’ve had food and our body has those nutrients, we’re ready to roll again.
Same thing goes with rest and recovery. Our bodies must have the downtime to allow our bodies to repair themselves.
You’ve got a fairly grueling schedule, right? I know you do. That’s why these concepts are so important. It’s because you work full time, you’ve got your spouse, you’ve got your killer workouts you do on top of other commitments.
Your body is screaming for a rest!
That’s because rest is important. And what to do on the weekends is to allow that recovery for your body.
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Ready to change your weekends for the better so that you can tackle each and every week? I know you are.
Let’s do it! I believe in you.