Make Your Weekend Last (and Last...)
By Nicole Yorio
End the Is it really Monday already? blues with these
You know the feeling — it's 8 p.m. on Sunday and you find yourself
wondering, Where'd the weekend go? So often, those two precious days
spiral into a whirlwind of chores and obligations, leaving you deflated and
drained come Sunday night. In fact, weekends filled with hassles and short on
social activities are linked with burnout and poor well-being during the week,
according to a study published in the Journal of Occupational Health
Psychology. Here's what you can do to turn your weekend into a pause that
Create your own "The weekend starts here" ritual.
Even just buying a flower to put in a bud vase on your dresser does the
trick. Let this simple symbolic act remind you to leave your demanding weekday
world behind and bring a feeling of beauty and peace into your home, says
Monica Magnetti, a life, business, and wellness coach.
Make a list of all your weekend chores...
...then cut it in half. C'mon, when do you ever get through the whole list
anyway? Seeing all those to-do's will only leave you racing to accomplish them
— and feeling guilty when you don't. If you're having trouble narrowing down
your list, write it on a Post-it Note, suggests Jill Murphy Long, author of
Permission to Play. That way, you'll be forced to decide what's really
important. Plus, once you accept the fact that, realistically, you can only get
to three or four tasks, you'll enjoy your leisure time more because you won't
perpetually obsess over all the projects you haven't dealt with, Long
says. You'll also feel a sense of satisfaction and peace from knowing that you
have time for what you want to do, not what you "have" to
To make sure the chores you do tackle don't devour your weekend, time them
right. For instance, do your grocery shopping after 5 p.m. or before 8 a.m.,
which are when supermarkets are least crowded, according to
progressivegrocer.com. And arrive at the post office within 15 minutes of
opening time to beat the long lines of Saturday customers, suggests the United
States Postal Service.
For every task on that list, add one fun thing too.
Consider each pleasurable to-do a pat on the back for all the work you have
accomplished — and a way to prevent you from filling up every spare moment with
tasks. And there's another sneaky benefit: Helping you fold the towels won't
sound so bad to your kids if you're all going out for ice cream afterward.
Play with your kids.
Really play. Get down on the floor and color, or watch cartoons, or
build something with LEGOs, or whatever. Children are always seeking pleasure
and are good at living in the moment, so let them guide you to be imaginative
and carefree. When you see the world through their eyes, you'll remember the
happy-go-lucky days of your own childhood — a feeling you'll want to recapture
again and again, says Long.