We live in a world where notifications are constant and our to-do lists are endless. Seriously, when was the last time your inbox was empty and your messages were all answered on time? And when the weekend comes along, we’re unable to break from this routine so we end up checking our emails first thing on a Saturday morning. We do this because we tend to feel guilty for not being able to catch up with work or for not staying ahead. Either way, we lose; we burn out. You don’t have to completely change your routine but here are a few tips on how to make that day off count!
1. Step away from your phone.
The night before your day off, keep your phone at a safe distance. Don’t sleep with it by your head. This way, you won’t start your day scrolling through your newsfeed. The internet can be a black hole and before you know it, your entire day is gone.
2. Stay in bed just a little bit longer.
Train your mind and body to understand that on your day off, there are no “should” or “have tos.” You can take your time. You can change your normal pace.
3. This doesn’t mean that you should waste your day, though!
We won’t judge you if you want to stay in bed and binge-watch Game of Thrones all day—we’ve all been there. But your day off should be dedicated to recharging yourself and restoring your energy. Relaxing is good, but recharging can be more beneficial in the long run.
4. Do all your chores first.
During a particularly hectic week at work, everyday tasks and chores tend to fall to the bottom of the list: paying the bills, cleaning your room or condo, changing your sheets, going grocery shopping, buying your meds, and so on. On your day off, do these in the morning so everything can be done early and efficiently!
5. Enjoy the silence.
Even if you are the most extroverted person, everyone can benefit from a few minutes of alone time and reflection. Even if you’re not into meditation, we’re often pulled in every direction and forced to multitask at work; allowing yourself to focus on one thing at a time can be such a relief. Try it!
6. Check up on your loved ones.
We don’t mean to ignore the people we love, but it happens. Take this time to visit your grandparents, call your cousins, or respond to that long email from your long-distance best friend. If your day off turns out to be a long weekend, plan a road trip with your barkada and reconnect.
For those of you who always need to be busy and moving, volunteering can be a nice alternative. It’s a great way to recharge, but also nourish your soul at the same time.
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