Seven Ways to Relax on the Weekend
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
The days of the week that, for busy professionals, can be rather hectic. Whether you’re running from meeting to meeting, engaging in important conference calls or attending a networking event, by Friday night you’re pretty much exhausted.
With all of that stress throughout the week, it’s important to find meaningful ways to destress when you have the time. Stress can not only have detrimental effects on your mental health, but also your physical health, including symptoms such as high blood pressure, lower immune functioning and insomnia. With the weekend coming up, check out these seven ways to fully destress and relax so that you’re ready to tackle another exciting work week when it comes.
1. Coffee with an Old Friend
Sometimes all we need to do to feel destressed is vent a little. Quality time spent with an old friend can do wonders for mental health, and when you talk to someone you trust about the things that are overwhelming, you can often feel the stress melting away. So why not call up a good friend and enjoy some much-needed socializing to get you ready for the next challenge?
2. Go for a Walk
They say that a walk is one of the best ways to clear your mind, and we couldn’t agree more. There’s something about putting one foot in front of the other and having some solitary time to think or reflect that brings a calming presence to your mindset. If it’s too cold outside to indulge in an outdoor walk, the WalkTop is the perfect solution. This way if you’d rather watch a mindless movie to destress, you can get some steps in at the same time to release some valuable endorphins.
3. Go for a Massage
Are those muscles feeling extra tight from a long week at work? Treat yourself to a massage! Releasing those muscles is an excellent way to let go of the stresses of the week and fully relax for a little while. There are also many health benefits to massage therapy, some of which are outlined here. So why not splurge a little once in a while – you’ve earned it!
4. Take a Nap
The power of sleep cannot be overstressed. One of the biggest health issues in our modern society is sleep deprivation, and that has a lot to do with our go-go-go Western culture. With so much to do and so little time to do it, it’s no wonder that a solid eight-hour night’s sleep often gets pushed to the wayside. So this weekend while you have some extra time, why not catch up a bit! Close those curtains, curl up under the covers and treat yourself to a nice afternoon nap.
5. Practice Mindful Meditation
Meditation is another great way to destress after a long week. Our culture is filled with a lot of noise, and, as mentioned before, there seems to be a constant hustle and bustle of busyness. By taking a moment to sit back and rest in quiet time, you give your brain a chance to slow down and unwind. Whether you prefer to just sit silently with your thoughts or engage in a guided meditation, focus on your breathing and give yourself the opportunity to be present.
6. Try Some Exercise
Another way to relax on the weekend is to get that blood pumping: you got it, exercise! While it may seem counterintuitive that in order to relax you actually have to work to get your heart rate up, exercise naturally releases endorphins that lift your mood, energize you and help you destress. If you’re looking for something a little bit more low-key, a yoga class is another great option. It still gets you up and moving, but the stretching movements are at a slower pace so it’s not overly intense.
7. Get Out of the City
Sometimes all you need to find a little R and R is to get out of the city. Going somewhere away from the busy streets of urban life can give you that extra space you need to unwind and feel refreshed for another week. If you have the time, treat yourself to a mini weekend getaway from time to time as a way to reset and enjoy new places. If you only have an afternoon to spare, try going for a short hike outside of the city to get some of the same effects. Being in the presence of nature is often enough to get the destressing process well underway.
Working a busy career that you’re passionate about is an exciting and wonderful opportunity, but remember to give yourself time to destress and prioritize your mental health too!