Last week was particularly draining. So, I decided to take a bit of a break this weekend and focus on relaxing activities.
My brain had decided that it wasn’t going to produce the words to write and my body followed closely behind with an attack of lethargy https://wp.me/pc7lFV-1kx. It didn’t help that my health issues revolve around fatigue too.
It was then that my collective self finally put its ‘foot’ down and directed me to really relax and do my favorite things.
It was a rebellion of great significance to a writer.
This rebellion of mind and body inspired me to come up with a new idea for a post. This is lucky for you, dear reader, because I thought I was going to go into writer’s hibernation mode right into the spring.
The theme of my post is, wait for it…”5 Weekend Activities for a Pleasant Week Ahead”.
1. Take Up a Hobby
The first thing I did was to revive an old hobby of mine. I resumed embroidering or more precisely, counted cross-stitch.
It is an ideal activity because it requires focus, to lose yourself in the moment and enjoyment. This is what makes a hobby meditative. So, if you can take up a hobby that does all these things for you, then it is a keeper.
2. A Meal with your ‘Tribe’
The weekend is the only time when I find I can sit down to a meal, in an unhurried way.
Now, if you think I am suggesting that you slave over a hot stove after doing the same all week, you’re mistaken. Get take-out if you must, but just make a meal of your time with friends or family, when you just talk and enjoy the company of people who care about you and who support you in your life journey.
3. Enjoy Nature
Go on a hike, a walk or stare out the window. I can spend hours myself, staring at mountain ranges or following the meanderings of butterflies.
Last weekend, for example, I was quite taken by how there was a sense of purpose with much of birds and insects in my area preparing for the coming winter. The sense of urgency may have been prompted by the cold spell midweek with overnight temperatures hovering around the mid-40s (Fahrenheit).
4. Take a Nap or Sleep In
Growing research points to the connection between sufficient sleep and a healthy brain. Apparently, your brain needs sleep in order for a cleansing process to take place.
My personal experience is that sleep is as important as diet and exercise. In fact, when my health issues first emerged, my body demanded that I sleep more to compensate for whatever it was going through. So ‘quality’ sleep is actually a certain quantity and you really cannot cheat your body into requiring less.
5. Just ‘Chill’
In my legendary history of hectic, stressful work weeks with children in my life, I always reserved Sunday afternoons to hang out and do nothing.
You see, if you are a creative, you realize that your best ideas come about when you aren’t planning, worrying or stressing out. I believe, ‘eureka’ moments happen a lot in the shower because it is a soothing, cleansing and relaxing activity.
If you want to avoid going into the next week, angry, moody and oozing negativity, take my advice. Take a break. Remember, your ‘weekend’ may not be Saturdays and Sundays.
However, it is the time of the week when work and chores aren’t the main activities of your day. Remember, doing things for yourself, makes you more productive, happier and more energetic https://wp.me/pc7lFV-1Dh. To prepare you for the challenges of the next week.