Make a to-do list on Friday
Do you struggle to switch off over the weekend? Many of us struggle with the stress of constantly thinking about the week ahead, which can stop you relaxing over a weekend. Luckily there’s a simple solution to this problem; make a quick to-do list and plan of action before you leave the office on a Friday to prepare for the next week ahead. Having a clear plan of action should help to alleviate any needless stress throughout weekend.
Everyone knows the importance of exercise, but did you know that it’s also an important factor in your mental health and confidence? Research has found that even if working out doesn’t lead to a weight loss it still results in an improved body image, so you can go into your working week full of confidence.
Wanting time on your own after a stressful week is a common and understandable feeling but cutting yourself off from all your relationships can be bad for your health. Socializing has important intellectual effects and has been found to be as effective towards improving the mind as doing a daily crossword puzzle.
In summer months, the temptation to stay inside with the air conditioning on full blast is very tempting but heading outside has a couple of important benefits. Studies have shown that 81% of people taking a walk have experienced a boost in productivity. Fresh air and sunlight are also key factors in improving your mood and self-esteem.
Most of us spend the workday glued to our screens and with smart phones & TV the evenings not much better. Think of your brain as a muscle – like all muscles it needs time to rest, otherwise it will become tired and over-stimulated. Allocate yourself some time each weekend to put your gadgets away and let your brain relax, whether that’s with meditation, reading a book or taking a nap.
How do you relax and recharge over the weekend? Share your tips in the comments below.