For many of us, being busy every day is the sign of a productive week, but it can make the transition into the weekend tricky. You don’t always need to do something with your weekend for it to be productive –overscheduling can have a negative impact on our physical and emotional wellness.
While staying busy is good for some, all you need to transform your day is a good morning routine. Experts and therapists swear by morning routines as the key to happier lives and they can help you stay on top of things over the weekend, even if you plan to do nothing at all.
Treat yourself to a well-deserved lie-in at the end of the week but make sure that you don’t sleep for too long. It’s recommended that you only sleep in for 2 hours more than usual at the most, so remember to set yourself an appropriate alarm.
Enhance your lie-in by wearing your favourite pyjamas the night before and doing your skincare routine to help you wake up feeling refreshed. If you have any time spare, definitely use it to do something you love, whether that is doing a morning workout, listening to your favourite podcast, or catching up on the newest Netflix shows.
Breakfast, as our first meal, can set the tone for the rest of the day so treat yourself to something out of the usual on the weekend. Substitute your usual plain toast and a bowl of cereal for something truly mouthwatering and special. You could go extravagant with something you’ve never had before or keep things simple with your favourite type of fresh bread and some fresh herbs.
If you want something that looks fresh off a brunch menu, dishes such as shakshuka offer great visual appeal and taste while only needing relatively few ingredients. Remember to take any vitamins you have for hair or nail growth before enjoying your meal. This just ensures that you don’t forget later on in the day.
No Plans Plan
You don’t need a plan for every weekend. Having no plans arranged doesn’t necessarily mean wasted time but is an opportunity for you to have a ‘me’ day and focus on doing what you need to relax. While you might not have anything in your diary, you should be open to saying yes to last-minute plans with friends and family.
Being spontaneous is great for our health, allowing us to connect with our loved ones more effectively and it eliminates boredom. Some of the best plans are made last minute so don’t be afraid to shake things up.