It’s Saturday morning and I’m coming to you live from the comfort of my bed, with coffee nearby, and the sound of my boyfriend playing video games in the distance.
Have you ever had one of those weeks that just sucked? That felt like my experience last week.
Instead of sitting in those bad feelings and ruminating on the not-so-great parts, I want to share some of my thoughts on how we can use our weekends to re-energize, rejuvenate, and refresh ourselves for the upcoming week.
Make time for yourself.
Are we surprised that I listed this one? I really, truly cannot stress this enough – make time for YOU. Weekends stacked of social events, obligations, activities, and homework are great, but they can deprive you of the opportunity to reflect on the past week and to re-center for the week ahead. Unfortunately, that can leave you feeling even more run-down and pessimistic during the week.
So make a point to sprinkle in a little bit of alone time in your days off – whether it’s your favorite self-care ritual, taking your dog for a walk, or reading for an hour in the morning. I’ve been reserving my weekend mornings for things like nourishing hair masks, painting my nails, and having non-guilty lounge time – I’ve gotta say, I’ve noticed a significant change in my mood on Monday morning after intentionally having that time for myself. Believe me, some solid alone time will help keep you grounded and refreshed for the coming week.
Make time for your people.
I know, I know, this seems contradictory. But just as too much social time can have some negative side effects, so can too much alone time. If you commit to too much alone time, you’re more likely to experience F.O.M.O (this is so real, y’all) and feel isolated or disconnected from those around you, especially if you had a shitty week leading up to your days off. Resist the urge to isolate, ruminate, and self-loathe (don’t worry, I’m guilty of this too) and embrace your snippet of freedom!
Near or far, make the effort to reach out and be present with your people. Go for a coffee date with an old friend, explore your city with a new friend, call your mom. Whatever it is, resist the urge to isolate yourself and maintain your connections – it’s a great way to get over the last week’s trials and head into the next week knowing that you’ve got the support of your loved ones on your side.
And honestly, spending time with your peeps just makes you feel good, doesn’t it?
Wash your dishes, vacuum your floors, do your laundry, or re-organize your DVDs (does anyone even have DVDs anymore?). I’m a firm believer in the idea that literal cleaning helps you to feel mentally clean, or at least a little refreshed. I don’t know about you but when I get a significant amount of cleaning and tidying done, I feel PUMPED. It’s a combination of feeling productive and accomplished and more often than not, it helps me to feel motivated to keep going with that momentum during the week. An added bonus, cleaning on the weekend will likely save you from some extra chores during the week when you’ve got less time to spare.
If you want to read more about why I’m super into de-cluttering lately, click here to read my last post!
Remember: “No matter how dirty your past is, the future is still spotless.”
However you decide to spend your weekends, don’t forget that just because last week wasn’t great, doesn’t mean that next week will be the same. If you did have one of those weeks that just sucked, use the weekend to reflect on what went well and what needs some re-adjusting.
Monday morning brings a mini fresh start filled with new opportunities and a chance for amazing things to happen – a little reflection, re-adjustment, and shift in perspective can bring the change you’ve been hoping for.
Keep on keepin’ on, y’all.
Here’s to a refreshing and rejuvenating weekend, and an awesome upcoming week!