In today’s increasingly busy world, weekends are sacrosanct. Yet we often end up wasting our weekends checking work emails and worrying about all the horrors to come on Monday morning. If you are one of those people who inevitably wastes their weekend, read on for a few tips to help you make the most of your precious time off.

Switch Off

Switching off is important. Thanks to the wonders of technology, it’s all too easy to be tied to your tech devices, even if you are trying to forget about work. Smartphones may be useful for social media updates, but invariably they are used for work emails and calls too.

If you struggle to switch off from work, you need to have a tech detox at weekends. It’s the only way to avoid being sucked down a work email rabbit hole. Be firm with your boss and colleagues. Put an “out of hours” auto-response on so that nobody expects an instant reply. And if people try to push the boundaries, remind them you’re not being paid to check emails over the weekend, and for your health and wellness, you won’t be logging in until Monday morning. Remember, you are your best advocate, so treat yourself with the respect you deserve!

Schedule Time for Rest and Relaxation

It’s important to schedule time for rest and relaxation. Give yourself permission to do the things you enjoy rather than the activities you feel obliged to do. Sure, you might have to take the kids to their sports clubs or play dates, but it’s OK to put your feet up and read a book for a couple of hours too.

Make time for relaxing activities, such as home beauty treatments and meditation. Book a session at a local spa or splurge on a hair treatment. You can often avoid paying full price for health and wellness products if you use discounts and codes. Look online for the best deals to save money. Go on, you know you’re worth it!

Quit the Booze

Alcohol is a relaxant, so it’s tempting to use it as a way to unwind and de-stress on the weekend. Unfortunately, if you drink too much, you will end up wasting your weekend due to a bad hangover.

If binge drinking and hangovers are ruining your weekends, it’s time to dial it back a bit. Sure, it’s fun to go out with your friends and sink some cocktails, but not if you end up suffering a killer hangover for the next 24-hours. Think about how much time you are losing – time that could be better spent doing other things.

Try quitting the booze for a month and see how much better you feel – and how much more fun your weekends are! It could be truly enlightening.

Get Some Fresh Air

Use your weekend as an opportunity to blow a few cobwebs away. Try and get out for some fresh air at least once. Going for a hike or walking the dog somewhere new is an activity you probably don’t have time for in the week, so make the most of your two days of freedom. Enjoy stretching your legs and soaking up some sun. It’s exhilarating and good for you.

Make a Date to Meet up with Friends

Are you normally too busy to catch up with friends during the week? If so, make a date to meet up at the weekend. Go out for lunch or plan a group walk somewhere scenic. It’s a chance to unwind and chat about life, love, or anything else you have going on right now. 

Finally, be organized with your chores so that you can get them done and dusted in as little time as possible. That way you have more time to do the things you love, which is essential to being happy!

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