We’ve spoken previously on the best ways to stay healthy at work, but after a long week at work, the weekend is an important time. It has been scientifically proven that taking time off work is important for both your physical and mental health, as well as your relationships. But after taking a few days in an attempt to relax and recharge your batteries, how often do you reach Monday morning feeling drained and ill-prepared for the week ahead? While the choice of how to spend the weekend is an entirely personal one, there are a few ways you can return to the office feeling refreshed & recharged.
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. This will lead to a build up of stress, making you less productive while also posing a danger to your mental health.
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.
And if that’s not enough to convince you, remember you can add 5-10 years to your life by exercising regularly!
Wanting time on your own after a stressful week is a common and understandable feeling, but whilst having time to yourself is important, cutting yourself off from all your relationships can be bad for you health. Socialising has important intellectual effects and has been found to be as effective towards improving the mind as doing a daily crossword puzzle. Oscar Ybarra, a psychologist at the U-M Institute for Social Research has been studying the effect of socialising upon the brain – he stated “In our study, socialising was just as effective as more traditional kinds of mental exercise in boosting memory and intellectual performance.”
In winter months, the temptation to stay inside with the heating on full is ever increasing, 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 important 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 are little 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 even as you exercise.
How do you relax and recharge over the weekend? Share your tips in the comments below.