Make This Weekend Count

It's the weekend! 

Are you one of those people who finds himself/herself checking the time on a Sunday evening, shaking your head and asking “Where did the weekend go?” 

Let’s face it - If you work from Monday to Friday, the weekends are the best days of the week...we love the weekends! Unfortunately, the problem with the weekends is that it is often difficult to fit the right balance of rest and recreation into two days. In some cases, the weekends can be worse in terms of busyness than other days of the week.

When you are a full-time worker, unfortunately, the weekend can become a time that you dedicate to accomplish some of the tasks listed in your "to-do list". Weekends can also be a time that you consecrate to running errands. By the time that you finish all your tasks or errands, Saturday is gone and it's Sunday afternoon. Then, you feel disappointed, exhausted or depressed because the weekend is in practical terms gone. I don't know you, but this how I feel sometimes.

I was thinking something that I read in a book that I am currently reading, "each day is a day of decision". I realize that an important decision that we can all make today, Friday, is to make this weekend count.

Suggestions to Make this Weekend Count

Here are some suggestions and tips that can help us make this weekend count:

Spend Friday night or Saturday morning doing anything that need to get done. You won’t have to worry about them again and you’ll still have the rest of your weekend ahead of you.

Practice mindful eating. According to Thich Nhat Hanh, "contemplating our food for a few seconds before eating, and eating in mindfulness can bring us much happiness".

Take the time to read a book or play with your children. During the working week, it is sometimes difficult to find time to relax and read a book with our kids. I feel that during the weekends, we should make an effort to spend quality time with our kids. One of the best ways to do this is to play with them or simply reading a book. The key element here is to be really present (physically and mentally) with our children.

Try a new cooking/baking recipe. Whether you whip up a Sunday roast or make some meals for the week, cooking is one of the most rewarding ways you can spend you weekend indoors. 

Set aside 1 hour or 30 minutes just for you! We all need time to do something that we love to do. Take 30 minutes or an hour just to focus on yourself; be the center of your universe during this time!

Go with friends or family members for a hike, bike ride or any other outdoor activity. when you elevate your heart rate, your brain chemistry is boosted. Thoughts are more easily shared and you will find your connections to others go up. People who sweat together, connect together.

Try a new activity or hobby. Changing up your routine is one of the best ways to stimulate your brain. 

Do a kind deed or do some volunteer work. There is so much research in the health benefits to you and others when you pay it forward.

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