The weekend is that part of the week that everybody looks forward to and it always goes by so quickly, this makes weekend time valuable. So, what are those habits you need to emulate to make your weekends, time well spent?
Hobbies are very essential, as they help in shaping us into the people we ultimately become in life. It’s important to choose your hobbies wisely.
What hobbies are you most fond of? How much energy have you put into cultivating those habits and making them a part of you? Not sure of any? Well, here are the top 5 habits you should consider emulating:
Exercise is a vital habit for a healthy lifestyle as it keeps you fit, relieves stress, helps in longevity and it’s also quite fun, as long as you don’t lift more weight than recommended of course. Exercise provides the flexibility you need to carry out other tasks and get more work done since it takes away the melancholic mood and replaces it with a more positive, bright approach to life.
Forms of exercise include early morning walks, jogging, yoga, and even dancing. These help to relax the brain, muscles and set the tone for a good weekend.
You could also visit the gym to get more workouts in. I mean what better place to exercise than the gymnasium right? So, grab your tracksuit and energy drink and go break some sweat.
- Take Up Chores
Okay, so you’re probably thinking, “I’m trying to make the most of my weekend, so why chores?” Well, that’s because chores pile up when we ignore them.
Studies also show that doing mindless tasks, (in this case, chores) makes the brain wander into creative thoughts. Chores you could take up to relax the mind include gardening, laundry, vacuum cleaning, etc. Listening to music during chores is a good way of taking away the boring aspect of it. This is because music stimulates the brain, making it more active and productive.
When we meditate, we inject far-reaching and long-lasting benefits into our lives.
We lower our stress levels, we get to know our pain, we connect better, we improve our focus, and we’re kinder to ourselves.
Mediation is something everyone can do, so here are some tips on how you can meditate:
- Take a seat. Find a sitting position that works best for you.
- Set a time limit. If you’re a beginner, you may want to start small. Let’s say 5-10 minutes.
- Notice your body. Take good notice of your sitting position and make sure your body is balanced and stable.
- Feel the sensation of your breath as it goes in and out.
- Notice when your mind has wandered off and after a short time, gently return it to your breath.
- Be kind to your wandering mind. Do not judge your thoughts, just gently return to reality.
- Close with kindness. Now gently lift your gaze (open your eyes if they were closed). Notice how your body feels as it slowly returns to the sound of the environment.
And that’s it! Meditation checked off the list. While meditation isn’t a cure-all, it can certainly provide some much-needed space in your life.
- Read A Book
Reading helps feed your mind and books are very healthy brain food.
What are you a fan of? Romantic comedy or thriller? horror or sci-fi? poetry or inspirational books? There’s a book for everything. You should learn to take some time off the grid (social media) and just look for a good book to spend at least 3-4 hours a day on. As they say, no knowledge is a waste and a good book can change your life.
- Pursue Enjoyment
Another way to enjoy the weekend is to develop the habit of engaging in activities. Cultivate a culture of visiting places, visiting friends, treating yourself to dinner, or even shopping. You don’t want to spend the whole weekend on chores, so try out a new sport like golf or tennis, go sightseeing, visit the aquarium or zoo, go see a movie or better still start checking things off your bucket list.
Weekend time goes by so quickly, sometimes we often end up achieving next to nothing and we find ourselves regretting such during the week.
Picking up healthy habits to emulate goes a long way in contributing to your physical, mental, and spiritual growth.