Tips for relaxing and recharging each weekend
Finding time to relax is difficult when project deadlines are approaching, but making sure you take time to adequately recharge your "batteries" is important when trying to ensure the highest quality of work.
And one of the hardest things to do is give ourselves a break. Especially in American culture, we are taught to work hard and hustle until we make it but this mentality has lead to working long hours, fewer vacations, and less time for personal relationships. The burden of working hard is so often driven by money motivators like paying of student loans for recent graduates or even capping off retirement accounts before settling out of the workforce for older workers.
Whatever your reasons are for putting in the extra hours, make sure you relax. Many countries have adopted work weeks that are fewer than 40 hours and some companies have done experiments with shortening work weeks showing that workers tended to do the same amount of work, if not more in a shorter work week than before.
Many employers are starting to see the benefits of doing shorter work weeks while maintaining a 40 hour schedule. They are finding that giving employees an extra day often leads to better performance during their scheduled work week, as well as improving overall morale. These should be highlighted because that extra 24hrs of relaxation time has been shown to give workers more time to process events of the work week, as well as giving them a week day to take care of personal matters that might have been neglected from a 5 day week.
If you're stuck in the 5 day schedule, there seems to be little relief for relaxing during the weekends especially if you are short on funds. We have listed our top three ways to relax this weekend to recharge your work batteries.
#3 - Start a hobby
Arguably one of the best ways to . reduce work stress is to take on a hobby in an area that you enjoy. Whether you like taking pictures of nature, or going hiking, or even building model planes, there are plenty of hobbies to pick up to help you relax this weekend.
Some hobbies are more costly than others to start. For instance, photography beyond using your smart phone would require an investment of at least $200 and can often be costly to maintain. This is especially true when using DSLR cameras which have interchangeable lenses. A good point & shoot camera is a great way to get started if you are wanting to disconnect from your phone during the weekend.
Other hobbies like hiking only really require a sense of adventure, a good pair of hiking shoes/boots, and a good water bottle. Many cities offer greenways for those who are stuck in urban environments while areas like Seattle/Tacoma, Los Angeles, and Portland offer great wilderness trails within an hours drive.
Whatever hobby you pick up, it will be a great way to focus on something you love and enjoy to take your mind off of work and recharge.
#2 - Take a Road Trip
There is always a blissful experience when taking a road trip; visiting places you have rarely seen or even heard of. It inspires a sense of awe and wonder in the world we live in. Road tripping is often one of the more nostalgic ways to relax on the weekends. Though often a summertime activity, road tripping can take you most anywhere within a half days journey.
Plenty of sites offer services that will map out your road trip, ensuring you hit all the points of interest along the way. From spectacular mountain views to quirky rest areas filled with tourist trap widgets. You can also visit new and exciting restaurants to expand your palate for interesting food.
The cost is relatively low for road trips as you really only need a car, some gas, and food. For longer weekends, consider taking longer road trips and camping at places where you are able to pitch a tent. The possibilities are almost endless in where you can go and what you can see.
#1 - Watch the Sunset
The anticipation of seeing the sunset is something that is often lost in our lives. With technology so prevalent in our world, we often only see pictures that are shared on facebook et al. You should ask yourself when was the last time you just went out to look for a place to watch the sun set? It's probably been a while.
When you go, keep your phone in your car and just sit and take in the moment. Taking the time away from your phone to enjoy something that happens daily and is often taken for granted, is a great way to end your days. The adventure alone of finding the perfect spot is worth it in and of itself.
Most importantly taking time to do something for you, disconnected from the world, is the best way to recharge. Spend time with family, eat the food, watch the sunset, and explore the world.
There is more to life than earning a paycheck and we should enjoy the world around us while we are still able to freely see it.