All week we look forward to the weekend. It’s as natural to the human condition as breathing, that love of freedom. When Friday finally decides to roll around, it’s like the world is raining magical rainbows. Whatever stress happened during the week is erased with the image of a Saturday and Sunday playing in our minds. But in a matter of what seems like minutes, Sunday night is suddenly knocking on the door announcing the arrival of Monday and we’re left wondering what happened to our highly-anticipated two days.
How you spend the 48-hour weekend could make or break the rest of your week? Pursue it right and you will recover from the week gone by, and be fresh and bouncy for the week ahead.
Here are five habits you should avoid during the weekend, in order to make the best of it:
1. Binge eating
The weekend calls for movie dates, family dinners and social get-togethers. All this partying naturally leads to indulgence in fast food, greasy meals and drinks. Naturally, you’re damaging your health and figure.
To avoid this, try to to stay conscious each time you ea, gauge the quantity of your food intake, and avoid taking in too much calories. Spend you time doing activities you enjoy as well. This will take away boredom, which is sometimes accompanied by the urge to stuff something into your mouth.
You’ve slogged it out during the workweek and partied late on Friday night, so you deserve to sleep in late on the weekend. Wrong. Sleep experts call this phenomenon ‘social jetlag’ and it can do more harm than repair.
You shouldn’t use the entire week to catch up on all the sleep you’ve lost. Doing this will lead you to begin anew week feeling weak, and lacking any motivation to work, instead of refreshed and bubbly. To avoid doing this, organise your schedule in such a way that you sleep and wake up on weekends within an hour of your work day timings.
3. Doing too many chores
It’s natural to get home so tired that you leave the dishes in the sink and the clothes in the laundry basket for a major weekend overhaul. And if you have a stressful job or a lot of responsibility at you company, there’s also the stress of bringing home your office work. office work him.
Whether it’s work-work or home-work, there will always be something to work on. A better solution is to allot time every weekend for work projects and house chores. Whatever you choose to do, just make sure you keep your work time separated from the rest of the weekend.
4. Not focusing on yourself
During the week, you never really have a good opportunity to focus on yourself. So, it’s extremely important you do something over the weekend that betters who you are and what you can do.
You could schedule a massage at your favorite spa down or do anything that strikes your fancy: working out, reading that book you’ve been looking forward to since you bought it a month ago, meditating to calm your mind, learning an instrument, basically anything that promotes your mind, body, or soul.
5. Failing to Plan
Don’t leave your weekend plans up to chance—if you do, you’ll be in a blanket watching a movie series all through the week. Instead, try to plan something: whether it’s a trip out of town, a local event, or a get-together with a couple friends.
An article from Business Insider refers to the book Stumbling on Happiness, which was written by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, to back up this point. In the book, Gilbert says you receive more happiness out of planned events because you can get the most bang for the buck. In layman’s terms, all that anticipation you feel leading up to a planned event makes you just as happy and just as fulfilled as actually going to the event. So get to planning!
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