Last week was a stressful one and by Friday evening I was feeling absolutely exhausted. As I write this on Sunday afternoon, however, I’m feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to start another week. While the clocks going back last night and getting an extra hour of sleep might have helped, I was also lucky that this weekend I didn’t have much planned so I could use it as a chance to get some much needed rest and relaxation.
In my last post I talked about how stress impacts my health, so it’s really important for me to de-stress when I need to. Over the years I’ve learnt that every so often I need to use my weekend as an opportunity to de-stress and recharge. I find these types of weekends really help to prevent burnout and allow me to start a new week fully energised and focused.
Right now I’m feeling so much better than I did on Friday night, so I thought I’d share some of the ways I’ve used my weekend to get the rest and relaxation I needed.
During the week I don’t get as much sleep as I should, so during the weekend I make sure I get lots of good quality sleep. This weekend instead of staying up late when I didn’t need to, I put my wellbeing first and got an early night. I also allowed myself a lie-in this morning (the clocks going back helped) which gave me the opportunity to get all the rest I needed.
Over the weekend I try to get outside and exercise at least once. Yesterday, even though I still felt tired from the week, I made myself go out for a nine mile run and felt so much better afterwards – it was the perfect way to start my Saturday! Another of my favourite weekend workouts is to go for a long walk or hike as I find this is a great way to spend time outdoors, especially as I spend most of the week stuck inside.
Watch alcohol intake
Although I love a drink over the weekend and find that a glass of wine helps me to relax, I’m still usually careful about how much I drink. I know from experience that drinking too much impacts my quality of sleep and makes me feel terrible the next morning. Health professionals state that the less you drink the better it is for your health, and while I don’t want to give up drinking altogether, I definitely notice that I feel better both mentally and physically when I drink less.
Weekdays usually involve me rushing from one place to the next and getting as much done as possible during the day. This often means that I have very little time to spend doing simple things like reading or catching up with a box set. This weekend I’ve made the time to spend by myself doing these activities without feeling guilty or feeling that I should be doing something more productive.
Spend time with friends and family
While I love spending time by myself, I also love using the weekend as an opportunity to spend some quality time with friends and family. Today I spent a few hours catching up with a friend over coffee, which was the perfect way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon and a great way to finish a relaxing weekend.
Using weekends to relax and rest doesn’t mean having to spend money on expensive spa days or trips away (although I love these as well!); instead I’ve found just spending time at home doing what I love helps to improve my physical and mental wellbeing.