Great ideas for better weekends
Make the most of your days off — with these fun tips.
Some days off may feel more like workdays — with a long list of chores, errands and other to-dos. In fact, a weekend might be so frenzied or forgettable that you’re left dragging and disappointed.
If that’s an all-too-familiar routin for you, maybe it’s time to rediscover how weekends can help you relax and recharge.
Unwind — it’s your time
Check out these ideas to have fun and feel more refreshed. Of course, everyone’s situation is different. You might not have traditional weekends off — or may have obligations that keep you hopping no matter the day. Try scaling one or two of these tips to fit your life and downtime.
- Find your happy place. Don’t let the weekend go by without doing at least one thing that makes you smile. Get lost in a good book. Play air guitar to your favorite jam. Or break out the board games. Of course, it’s also OK to do nothing much at all — watch a winter storm or curl up with your kitty — if that’s what makes you happiest.
- Play hometown tourist. Explore a museum. Hunt for treasures at small shops or thrift stores. Catch a concert. Or try a new restaurant. Not sure what there is to do near you? Check out the tourism websites for your area.
- Tap your creativity. Maybe this is the weekend to whip up a new recipe — or finally take that pottery class you’ve always wanted to try. Set your inner art critic aside — and craft a poem, paint a portrait or just doodle an hour away.
- Get physical. How about an outing with good buddies to go bowling, dancing or indoor rock climbing? It’s a weekend win-win: You’re together with friends — and getting exercise.*
- Power down. If possible, set your cellphone and other electronics aside for a few hours or longer. You might be surprised by how freeing that time feels.
- Turn in on time — and don’t sleep too late. It’s best to stick close to your usual sleep schedule, even on weekends. Shifting sleep patterns can leave you feeling out of whack. Craving a little weekend indulgence? Enjoy a short afternoon nap to catch up on ZZZ’s. One caution: Skip it if naps tend to make it tough for you to fall asleep later.
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