How to Use the Weekend to Boost Your Weekday Wellbeing
By using your weekend to focus on yourself, you can improve your wellbeing in the week. Use these six areas to help you build a healthy living routine:
Most people need between six and nine hours of sleep each night. Some are okay on the lower end of that range, but others really need eight to nine hours to operate optimally. In either case, if you’re chronically getting an hour or two less sleep than your body needs, take steps over the weekend to get into a better balance.
Spend some time planning and preparing healthy food for yourself and your family. Cooking is something we often don’t have time to do during the week, but preparing and eating healthy food is a good way to spend time with the people we care about. If you prepare meals on the weekend, you’ll have more options for healthy (and quick) eats during the week.
While it can be tough to manage daily workouts on weekdays, the weekends are an ideal time to take that time to exercise. In fact, weekends are prime time to participate in family activities that involve movement. Go for a walk or go for a long bike ride complete with a picnic in the park.
Sometimes you need time alone to just breathe. Carve out time to spend time in silence. Breathe in for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of seven with your tongue resting on the roof of your mouth, then purse your lips and exhale for a count of eight. Deep breathing eases stress and anxiety, and quietens your mind.
It’s tough to relax when you’re constantly plugged in. In fact, studies show that being constantly connected through social media, email, smartphones and other 24/7 channels can induce stress and anxiety. Try turning off all devices at certain times of the day, or take a Sunday morning hiatus. Take your smartwatch off….. see what happens!
Spending time in outside can help you relax and unwind. Even when it’s cold outside, getting a breath of fresh air can help restore both body and mind. Whether you choose to go for a walk in the woods or take a stroll around the block after dinner, walking is a calming activity that can help you reset your focus.