Weekend is what most people look forward to, specially, those who work in jobs and small businesses because that’s when an individual get time away from work to spend time with family and friends.
But more than that it is also a time when people look forward to procrastinate by – sleeping in/ waking up late; eat junk food; drink more alcohol than they would normally; party hard and do nothing productive.
This eventually leads to few things for us-
- We feel like crap because we sabotaged our health buy feeding our body unhealthy nutrition less food / drinks.
- We did not do anything productive
- We spent more money than we wanted to so now we even feel more bad
- We do not look forward to work because our mind has slipped into self-pity mode where the world is against us and life sucks
I will probably leave it to that as I can feel you getting the gist. If you are one of them then you better gear up to start making some changes my friend.
Before I tell you how you can change all of that, I have to confess that I for 3 years of my life I slipped into that this state myself and therefore, ended up in a pretty sad space mentally impacting every area of my life – especially my health and relationships.
So I changed my perspective towards my weekends as I knew I wanted to feel differently when I get back to work on Monday. There are things I applied and you should too if you want to have the best of weekends, get your health back in track, feel good about yourself and make the most of the time you have.
- Early Start – wake up same time as you would on a work day, assuming you work during the day. This will keep you on track with your time management and give you more of it on hand to utilise productively.
- 30 Minutes’ Workout – starting your day with a 30 minutes of workout, slow jog, walk, swim or any sport will out you in a zone of performance. This will lift your energy levels up – mentally and physically.
- Breakfast with Friends/Family – book ahead of the weekend your time with your friends or family members to have breakfast together early in the morning. With (1) and (2) already accomplished, this part of the day will push you to stay on track with your nutrition and also mentally relaxing to have the people you care about the most around you at the start of a day.
- Projects – pick or create small projects for yourself to be done on the weekends. Something that involves creation; modification or betterment. Example – de-cluttering your house; painting your room; fixing your backyard; re-doing your interior of the house; fixing your car or bike etc.
- Activity – book or pick an activity for yourself to do with your wife, kids, girlfriend, boyfriend or friends etc., so it takes you away from the daily grind and work stress. Doing such activities together reduces our cortisol’s level and also create some amazing memories.
- Advance Preparation – remember school days when we had to be prepared with everything for the rest of the week to go smooth? Yes- it needs to come back. Make sure you doing everything ahead of the week – grocery shopping; meal preps; washing & ironing; cleaning etc. This way your work week will be very much focussed on work instead of stressing about everything else but work. Even use this time to look into your finances & bills to stay ahead of the game.
- Recovery – give the weekends for recovery with massages or spa time, if you can, to release all the stress you have gained throughout the week.
The key objective is to return to basics of human body & life to make the most of the day. Now some of these points are also relevant during the week but in order to make the most of your weekends these steps/tips/tricks are definitely the way to go.
Rahul Talreja- Messenger of Fitness Transformation
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