After much experimentation and research, here are the best habits I have found to maximize happiness and rejuvenation during those precious weekends.
Consider this a recipe for a great weekend:
1. Enjoy Good Food and Drink
Meals can sometimes be rushed on weekdays, so I like to slow it down and savor a great dinner on Friday or Saturday night, either cooking at home or going out. I think of weekend meals as a special treat, and am always happier when I take the time to really appreciate them.
2. Spend Time with Friends and Family
Celebrate the end of the week in the company of friends and family. Social connection is the greatest predictor of happiness, and also vital to our health. Our close relationships can get crowded out of the busy workweek, so it is critical that we make time for them on the weekends. Make it a point to get at least one social activity on the calendar each weekend.
3. Avoid Work Email and Social Media
You will never gain perspective or fully experience life if you are constantly buried in email or scrolling through social media. The weekend is the perfect time to disconnect avoiding all work email and social media. If this seems like a major step, consider implementing this for just one of your weekend days to start.
Weekend is an excellent time to bring some variety to your workouts. If you do the same gym routine or morning jog every weekday, try mixing it up on Saturday and Sunday.
How would you love to spend your weekend? Let us know in the comment section.