We all need to learn to relax and unwind. If the last few years have shown us anything, taking care of our mental health is more important than some of us may have given ourselves credit for. Our downtime has become more valuable than ever, especially since the rise of home working. Taking the office into our homes means less separation between our personal and professional lives. Today, we want to give you some helpful tips to let you relax during your weekends this Spring.
Turn off on Friday Night
It can be challenging to walk away from your desk on a Friday night. You have spent your whole week meeting deadlines, and you can find yourself wanting to stay an extra hour here and there. This adds up and is a prime example of work-life impeding on your so-called “downtime” at home. Make sure you set yourself a work pattern for the day with achievable targets and work towards a specified finishing time. Managing expectations of your own workload are key.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Finding yourself in a home working environment can oftentimes leave you feeling like you’ve been cooped up indoors for extended periods of time. Gong from your bed to your desk to the sofa, then back to bed is a bad cycle to get into. On your weekends, you should take the time to get outdoors and enjoy fresh air in a countryside environment. Studies have shown that exercising outdoors is beneficial to our mental and physical health, so it’s well worth a try. Your choice of what to do can be anything from a countryside walk to a hike up a mountain!
For many of us, trying to get through the working week leaves us with little time to ourselves. If you want to relax on a spring weekend, try booking a spa trip at a quality hotel to reward yourself for your hard work. All too often, we spend our lives trying to please other people without taking steps to be good to ourselves. A little self-love goes a long way, and a spa visit can leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed for the coming week.
Relax with Cooking
This last tip might not be for everyone, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Many people have a love/hate relationship with cooking, especially during the working week. Trying to make a healthy and balanced meal after a full day of working isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but it can be therapeutic. Instead of trying to fit this in during the week, why not book out an afternoon on the weekend and have a relaxing time cooking up your favourite meal? There are loads of easy ideas to get you started if you need inspiration.
We hope this article has gone some ways to show you how to relax at the weekend this Spring. With life feeling a little more normal, there are all kinds of different things you can try to help you unwind on your days off.