Weekends Are Important
We have weekends for a reason. According to research done by John Pencavel at Stanford University, working more than 50 hours per week does not lead to increased productivity. In fact, working 55-70 hours a week makes you less productive and makes you more susceptible to burnout. That is why the number one thing you shouldn’t do on a weekend is work. Weekends are meant to give everyone the time they need to recharge and prepare for an energized and successful work week.
Recharging Weekend Routines
1. Spend Quality Time With Family: Work weeks can be busy and hectic and by the weekend, you may realize you haven’t had any quality time with your family. So, the weekend is the perfect time to go on a date night with your spouse, take the kids to the park, have a board game night, or whatever it is that you and your family enjoy doing together. This quality time gets your mind off work and leaves you feeling happier and closer to your family.
2. Schedule in “Me” Time: Spending time with family is important, but so is alone time. Make sure to schedule in some alone time, even if it is just an hour a weekend, and read, exercise, reflect on your week, paint, or any activity you find relaxing. You will be surprised how cleansed and refreshed your mind will feel.
3. Try Something New: Trying new things is fun and exciting. Try a new restaurant, stay in a new hotel downtown, go to a concert, go for a hike instead of to the gym, anything that you haven’t tried or done in awhile. This break from the usual routine recharges you and improves your mood. It also gives you something to talk about at work on Monday morning, which helps you look forward to the work week.
4. Declutter: Decluttering is proven to reduce stress levels and improve mental health. Even just 20 minutes of decluttering will help you to feel refreshed, relaxed, and more organized, which carries over into your work week.
5. Disconnect: Most people have to constantly use technology while at work, so try taking a few hours or even all of Sunday to go device-free and disconnect from the online world. Spend time in nature, read a book, or just relax without feeling the need to check your phone. You will be surprised how refreshed you feel after taking a break from technology.
6. Spend Time With Your Pets: Spending time with your pets, or “pet-itating” as Jennifer Giamo with ThriveGlobal calls it, it actually very beneficial for your mental health. Research from the University of Missouri–Columbia shows that spending time cuddling with your pets releases the feel-good hormones serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin, and lowers the stress hormone cortisol. It also improves your bond!
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