5 tips for a really relaxing weekend
»Finally weekend – so that it is really something to relax with, we have put together 5 good tips for you. "
Finally Friday afternoon! Go home now and just feel good … If only it were that easy! Most of us are often looking forward to the weekend all week long, but it’s still not that easy with relaxation and wellbeing at the weekend. We have great expectations for our weekend, but we rarely consciously and consistently take good care of ourselves in order to gather new strength. Some people may be even more productive after the weekend than before and think: “Everything doesn’t work with wellness.”
How relaxing is your weekend??
How relaxing do you usually find your weekend? Do you feel freshly relaxed and in a good mood on Monday morning? Do you have new strength and energy for the coming week and are you longing for the next weekend? If you are not satisfied with the recreational value of your weekends, here are 5 great tips you can use to change that.
Tip 1: Don’t take on too much
One thing is often overlooked: a weekend is not a three-week holiday and therefore the time is limited accordingly. Expectations that are too high create a correspondingly high pressure.
Check here yourself what you want to do on the weekend:
- Cleanups and plastering?
- Trip with the children?
- Fitness Studio?
- hair appointment?
- Visiting the parents?
- visit the cinema?
- car wash?
- meet friends?
- Paint again?
- Read a good book?
- …? (Please add what you can think of)
When we realize what we would like to do in a single weekend, it is actually no wonder that for many the weekend is more stress than relaxation, or?
Only one thing helps here: Reduce your projects to a few that you really want and that are really good for you. Do not schedule every minute of your weekend, but take a lot of time to do nothing.
And one more thing: don’t be afraid of boredom! It is allowed. Idling is good, just to let your mind wander.
Tip 2: Eliminate feel-good killers
There are a number of “feel-good killers” who make it difficult for us to really relax on weekends. Here is a selection and tips on how you can reduce such feel-good killers:
Do shopping and other household chores – Much remains over the week and supplies may have run out. That is why many people’s first motto on Saturday is “shopping, tidying up, cleaning”. But if the weekend starts with this kind of stress, the wellness program is under a bad star. It is worth considering reorganizing household chores not just for your wellbeing weekend:
- Use for shopping e.g. Thursday open for sale – you will then be able to come with the food well over the weekend.
- When it comes to tidying up and cleaning up, it is worth calculating whether your budget does not allow for domestic help – even for one day a week this is a huge relief.
- Apart from that, it is better to do minor clean-ups over the week than to save everything for the weekend.
Try to compensate for the sporting deficits – Those who have a lot to do during the week rarely take the time to go in for sports. So many of us want to catch up on the weekend – and if we do it properly. However, it is the case that once a week, sport brings next to nothing – except probably a strong muscle soreness.
So don’t put yourself under the stress of performance trying to work up your entire movement deficit at the weekend. Spread your sporting activities over the week. If you e.g. Get up just 20 minutes earlier to go jogging or do some gymnastics on a mat in the living room. With the right music you can get going in the morning and start the day better. Treat yourself to the luxury of deciding at the weekend to suit your mood: if you feel like moving – do it! But no compulsion and no exaggeration.
Stay up late and sleep late – Most people abruptly change their sleeping habits on weekends. Most take revenge. We feel like we are wheeled in the morning, are tired far too early in the evening or cannot sleep properly. And on Monday, getting up early is even more difficult than usual.
It is always advisable to maintain the usual sleeping rhythm, because your body cannot understand why it should suddenly go to bed three or four hours later on Saturday than usual. In any case, think about whether it is really worth "staying awake to the dolls" if it makes you feel worse rather than better.
Here are more tips to help you really relax on your weekends.
Tip 3: prepare everything well
So that nothing really gets in between, if you deliberately take good care of yourself and want to pamper yourself, you should take a few precautions in advance:
Your loved ones – If you are not living alone, the weekend is often the time when your partner and children want to be with you. However, if you want to have time for yourself to take care of yourself, it could quickly lead to disruptions or conflicts of interest. You can now either ensure that you have undisturbed time for yourself or simply plan and implement the wellness weekend together.
If you have decided that you would like to have time for yourself, explain this to your partner. Ask for some calm and consideration. You can also explain this to your children in this way, at least if they are already a little bigger. You can retire to a room and put a friendly sign on your door if you want to be alone. Also think about the possibilities that your children could spend the weekend with their grandparents or friends. However, do not start with these considerations until Friday afternoon, because it only brings stress. Another option is to not have a real wellness weekend at home, but e.g. to spend in a wellness hotel and then have undisturbed time for yourself.
Your life partner and / or your children can also take part in your wellness weekend. Then just all plan a real wellness program together. Children can also do very well to relieve tension, find peace and pamper themselves – and they learn to take good care of themselves later. The only important thing here is that you do not miss out on this yourself.
Weekend commitments – Many have very specific weekend obligations – be it a visit to the parents, the club meeting or just a walk with the dog. It is highly recommended to think about such obligations as part of your preparation so that you do not stop yourself from feeling good afterwards:
- What tasks can I postpone to another day?
- What commitments can I simply cancel for this weekend??
- What obligations could someone relieve me of – and who could that be??
- Which tasks can be done without loss of wellbeing?
Your surroundings – Another aspect is the environment in which you want to relax. Have you ever wondered how comfortable you actually feel in your own four walls? If you now find that your apartment is perhaps too crowded or too narrow, too loud or too untidy, then it might be necessary to start a “feel-good nest-building weekend”.
Your expectations and demands – Before you start your weekend, you should take a little time to review your expectations and needs. We often make it difficult for ourselves. We think that a few wellness exercises work like a miracle cure. But unfortunately it’s not that easy and a weekend doesn’t last forever.
Tip 4: Find out what you need
To really relax on the weekend, you should think carefully about what you actually need.
Basically, the following 6-step program is recommended for all-round relaxation:
Practical tips and exercises for all 6 steps, as well as the so-called "Wellness Navigator", with which you can quickly find out what you really need, can be found in the book Monday is the day after tomorrow
- Reduce stress and tension – Most people are under a lot of stress during the week. Unfortunately, it does not drop from us at the end of work on Friday, but we usually take it home with us. So reducing stress is the first step to recovery.
- Kcalm down and relax– To calm down, relax, let your soul and body dangle is the epitome of relaxation for many.
- Accept what is in you – e.g. Pain, feelings and moods – You surely know this from yourself: You can look forward to free time on weekends and you get a headache or feel sad and depressed. We can be angry about that, but it makes a lot more sense to accept what is in us. Because if we pay attention to our symptoms and express our feelings in a healthy way, we can use all of this positively for ourselves and benefit from it. Even if this part is very rarely found in wellness or relaxation programs, it is definitely one of them.
- Take good care of your body, mind and soul – Once we have come to rest and have been able to tolerate acute pain and moods, it is time to make up for the deficits of the past few days. Most of us do not take care of ourselves well during the week and neglect both the body and mind and soul. In a weekend relaxation program, the main thing should be to take care of yourself again.
- Find new powers and energies – In order to slowly prepare ourselves for the challenges of the coming week in addition to relaxation, it is important to consciously gather new strength and energies. This is how we effectively prevent burnout and also get momentum for interesting activities.
- Discover and experience new things – After stress relief, relaxation, we become open to new things with fresh energy. Feed yourself with new impressions, ideas and activities – because that too is part of the relaxation.
Please do not view the 6-step program dogmatically, but use it as it is good for you. Not everyone has to go through all six steps of the program every weekend to recover. You can decide for yourself where you want to start and which of the six steps you want to try out tips and exercises. If you e.g. you are not stressed at all, you do not need to relieve stress, but can start right away with the recovery phase. And if you already take good care of yourself during the week, you may especially long for new experiences.
Tip 5: plan your weekend
Most of us plan every trip, every excursion and every shopping trip better than our well-being. Unfortunately, in the rarest of cases, it is only the intention to “finally do something for me this weekend”, because in this way it is very likely that everything else is more urgent than your recovery measures …
A more systematic approach is highly recommended here:
- Make sure that you have as few fixed appointments as possible on weekends for the week.
- Make an express reservation for time to relax in the calendar. Only if you have free time can you optimally design it to meet your needs.
- Think carefully about what you like and what is good for you.
- Write down a small recovery plan with exercises and measures, which you then follow – but: Please don’t take on too much. Plan time to sleep and do nothing.
Planning is not a guarantee. However, if you make a firm commitment to a number of recovery measures in writing, you will be a good deal closer to implementing them. Just try it!
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