If you are someone who works hard during the week, you might find it difficult to wind down on a Friday afternoon. The weekend is usually welcomed with open arms however if you are going through a troubling time, it can be filled with anxiety. It’s important that Saturdays and Sundays are spent relaxing and recharging because it’s the only time many of us get away from the office. If you are finding it difficult to break away from your workplace mentality, reading these tips could really help get the weekend off to a flying start.
1. Get involved with an after-work activity.
Have you ever seen groups of people socialising in bars on a Friday afternoon? This is because they are separating themselves from the working week. If you usually travel home and go through everything that’s happened from Monday onwards, there’s a big chance this will be on your mind for the duration of the night. What many of us don’t realise is that something negative may have only happened once. Yet thinking about this over and over again, can make the pain and upset repeat as if it’s just happened. Even if you and a friend get a cup of coffee, it can help you to unwind and look forward to the weekend. Many of us will experience a week at work that will stress us out a little, so it’s important you know how to switch off. Beating yourself up over the weekend will only make you dread Monday morning. Step back and don’t waste your time worrying- it won’t help the situation. Instead, do something that will completely take your mind off it.
2. Buy yourself a little treat.
It’s a great feeling to walk out of the office on a Friday, allowing the weekend begin. We can often underappreciate how hard we actually work, when we get up in the early hours, run errands or even prepare our children for school. A great way to celebrate the weekend is to take a carefree stroll into town and buy ourselves to something small. If you fancy rewarding yourself with a chocolate eclair, do it! Scoffing that in front of the TV can be a great treat. Or, you could buy a new bath bomb and have a wonderful pamper night to banish stress. It’s important to give back to ourselves every now and again for the effort we put in for others.
3. Do something active.
Have you ever had a weekend where you’ve not really done anything? You’ll get to Monday morning and feel that you’ve wasted your time. Sure, we are allowed lazy weekends, however, doing something fun and active will make it more memorable. Even if you go out for a picnic in the park, something different can make a day feel special. If you have a dog, take it somewhere you’ve never been before. Exploring is a great way for you, your family and a pet to bond. It’s the small moments that can make a big difference.
4. Let something go.
If you are beating yourself up over something, you need to let it go. Weekends are great because it’s time you can fully deal with the negatives, without having to put a brave face on for work. Take these two days to be by yourself if you have to. It’s important that we grieve over something. We are all allowed this stage of upset yet you need to know when you are dragging it out. Are you stopping yourself from moving on? Make a list of what you want to achieve and believe that you can do those things. For example, if you are experiencing a breakup, believe that you can find happiness again. Put the past behind you (where it belongs) and look towards the future. The only person stopping you is YOU!
5. Cook something delicious.
It’s crazy to think about how many different types of food you can cook. If you’ve had a week that hasn’t been the best, research an incredible recipe for a Friday night. Challenging your inner chef is a great way to forget about your week because it requires a lot of attention. Better yet, if you have a close friend or family member available that night, invite them round to taste your culinary creation. Your body is a temple and you’ll feel vitalized after a brilliantly cooked meal.
6. Get everything done and dusted.
Try relaxing in a cluttered room…We dare you! You might return home from work exhausted yet it is a great idea to put aside an hour or two for some spring cleaning. Getting rid of rubbish can actually clear negative thoughts in your head. Tidying up can be very therapeutic and once it’s done, you know you can completely chill out. Even if it’s sorting out your washing for the upcoming week, having everything organised will make you feel much more at peace!
Do you like to start off your weekend doing anything in particular? Let us know!