Your weekends are precious—you'll want to make the most of them. You've probably worked all week with one target in mind—getting to the weekend and then doing something useful with it! Yet often when you actually reach the weekend, it tends to fizzle out and not quite live up to your expectations.
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your weekends—so that by the time Monday comes, you'll feel refreshed, on top of things, and fulfilled about what you've done in your time off.
Admittedly the weather is not always on our side — but if you're prepared for whatever the elements might throw at you, then you shouldn't be too concerned about getting out into the fresh air. Simply get outdoors and go for a walk, run, hike, cycle—or anything else you can think of! It's amazing how getting a bit of exercise and fresh air will leave you energized—and if you share the experience with others, then that's an added bonus.
2. Avoid drinking too much alcohol
There's no denying that most of us enjoy a drink, and the temptation when we reach Friday night is often to have a few too many. However, the next day you'll probably feel a bit off-color and spend most of the day in bed or nursing the hangover—and so the day will pass without you having done anything. Our advice is therefore to take it easy when you're drinking. A little alcohol can help you to relax at the weekend—but don't let it rule your time off!
3. Allot some 'you' time
Rushing around and filling your time with all sorts of activities can be great fun, but will also be tiring. You may even feel at some point as though you've overdone it—and being constantly surrounded by activity and people can certainly take its toll on you, both mentally and physically. So, try to set some time aside for yourself, when you can indulge yourself in a book, listen to some music, or just chill out.
4. Avoid routine
Our lives sometimes get in a rut, and we do the same old things week-in, week-out. Often this is because our jobs force us into these routines—but at the weekend, you will have time to break them. Jolt yourself into a whole new weekend frame of mind by trying something different, taking up invitations, and avoiding the thoughts of what you usually do on a Saturday or Sunday.
5. Find a new hobby
Getting a new hobby can help you fulfil some of the other tips mentioned here. If you join a club, it's likely you'll have set plans most weekends and will have new friends to meet—plus your activity could well be outdoors. It will also help to break up a dull routine, and will give you something to look forward to. Alternatively, your new hobby could be something that you enjoy doing by yourself, and could be the 'time out' that you need in your weekend.
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