TGIF! Of course we cherish our weekends. However, they often do not meet our expectations. How many times have you found yourself eagerly anticipating the weekend, only to be disappointed because it went by way too fast and you didn't make the most of it?
If you want to enjoy weekends where you feel refreshed and energized, here are a few ways to help you make the most of it!
Change your mindset
Can you change how satisfied you are with your weekends just by changing the way you think?
Researchers say yes. In a study published in the Harvard Business Review, researchers wanted to find out if we could enjoy our weekends as much as a vacation, so they conducted an experiment with more than 400 American workers.
On the Friday before the weekend, half were told to regard the weekend as a holiday, while the other half (the control group) were told to regard the weekend as a normal weekend. What they found was that those who treated their weekend as a holiday were significantly happier than those who treated it as a regular weekend.
What's important about their research is that it wasn't the difference in activities over the weekend that was responsible for the increased happiness. Instead, it treated time as a vacation that seemed to make the "vacationers" during their weekend activities more aware of and much more attentive to the present moment while enjoying the weekend.
In other words, the holiday-minded folks weren't happier because they were doing fewer chores; they were happier because they were more present in whatever they were doing.
The big advantage of their research is that you can apply a vacation mindset to your weekends by simply slowing down, standing still and paying attention to whatever you are doing, because your mindset is more important than the amount of money. that you spend or the activities themselves that you do.
Change your approach
After changing your mindset as described above, here are a few more ways you can get the most out of your weekend!
Start with a plan
In fact, you should plan your weekend the way you plan your week. Decide in advance what your plan is for the weekend. While it doesn't mean you have every moment planned, you should start the weekend knowing what you want to get out of it.
If you don't have plans, you'll end up doing nothing and wondering where the time has gone when the weekend is over. However, if you make plans during the week for what to do on Saturday and Sunday, that anticipation will improve not only your weekend but your entire week.
We mainly live our lives according to a routine from Monday to Friday. However, if we're not careful, the familiarity of our patterns can easily get us stuck in a rut of doing the same things over and over.
The weekend is therefore a great time to force ourselves out of our comfort zone by trying new experiences, joining a new club, calling an old friend, checking an item off our bucket list, or doing a hobby we love. used to like to pick up again.
Time for yourself
Filling your time with various activities can be fun, but to the limit it can also take its toll, both mentally and physically. Instead, make sure to set aside some time for yourself so that you can recharge your batteries in whatever way you find relaxing, such as reading a favorite book. You have to be careful not to fill your empty time with things that aren't relaxing, such as constantly checking your email or social media.
It doesn't have to be complicated – try a chapter from that book that's been sitting on your bedside table for three months, or an article from a publication you really like. Holding a piece of literature in your hands and knowing that you won't be tempted to click off it right away to look at five other things will be a much more rewarding and stimulating experience than you might expect.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol
There's no denying that most of us can enjoy a drink, and the temptation when we reach Friday night is often to have a few too many.
The next day, however, you'll probably feel less and may spend most of the day in bed or singing out the hangover – and so the day goes by without you doing anything. Our advice is therefore to take it easy when you drink. A little alcohol can help you relax on the weekend, but don't let it define your free time!
By going out for a walk, run, bike ride or anything else that allows you to exercise and enjoy the fresh air will give you energy while also reaping the health benefits. Since we sometimes don't get enough exercise during the week, the weekend is a perfect time to catch up on some exercise.
Sunday is yours too
One mistake we often make on the weekend is that just thinking about Monday morning and the work ahead of us takes over our ability to enjoy our Sunday to the fullest. You can stave off these so-called Sunday blues by making sure you have something planned not only for Saturday but also for Sunday, such as brunch or dinner with others.
Sunday evenings might give you some time to plan for the week ahead so that you know what you want to accomplish throughout the week, both at work and in your personal life. By spending some time on Sunday night planning another fun activity for the week and thinking ahead to the next weekend, you can extend the weekend feeling you've just created into your week instead of it ending so abruptly. Sunday.