After a week of school, work, internships and other responsibilities, it’s important to take the weekend to relax and refresh. I like to set aside one weekend each month where I take Saturday and Sunday to detox my body, mind and life altogether. If you’re looking to add a little bliss to your weekend, try these 10 tips:
Less coffee, more tea:
After a week of early mornings and multiple cups of coffee, it’s time to take a break from your caffeine overdose. Try to not drink coffee over the weekend. Instead, drink decaffeinated tea. Bonus points if you sip green tea! You’ll still feel energized and you’ll give your body a break from all of the coffee you had.
Take the time to laugh during your detox because it’s good for your soul. Watch cute puppies on YouTube or your favorite comedy. Laughing is one of the best workouts your body can have. You’ll see an immediate change in your mood and feel a little spark of optimism in your weekend.
Regulate your sleep schedule:
On Saturday and Sunday, take the time to get your body in a normal sleep cycle for the upcoming week. Oftentimes, we forget how important sleep is for our bodies. It’s the one thing college students skimp on that they should pay attention to. Missing out on sleep can affect your mood, skin and weight. Try to get to sleep at a normal time (between 11 and 11:30)—trust me, you deserve it.
If you’re looking to try a stress-relieving activity that will help your body, mind and soul, try to meditate. Focusing on your breathing and taking time to forget about your daily troubles can do wonders for your health while detoxing your body. You can look up meditation tips for beginners online if you need a little help.
I know it’s winter, but even if you decide to take a 10-minute walk, it can help your mood and weekend overall. You can see the difference in your health with spending a few extra minutes outside. Bundle up and stay warm as you brave the cold winds. Soon, it’ll be warm enough to spend more time outside.
Spend time with friends:
You’re probably spending time with friends over a drunk conversation at a party you won’t remember. Instead, try to spend quality (sober) moments with your friends over a coffee date. Or, make plans to go to the gym together, you’ll find excitement in spending time with a friend in a productive way.
See food as fuel:
People see the weekend as a time to eat as much pizza as possible. Instead, try to see food as fuel meaning, don’t eat anything unless it’s acting as a purpose to fuel your body. Have a weekend filled with vegetables, protein and fruit instead of pizza, tacos and wine.
Read a play, volunteer in your community, or watch a documentary. Whatever you decide, make sure you get perspective on life and the world around you. You’d be surprised how gaining perspective can help you grow as a person. You’ll feel refreshed with your newly-acquired knowledge that you can share with loved ones.
Maximize your water intake:
I always stress the importance of water because it’s something that people don’t take into consideration with their health. A good rule of thumb to live by is the eight by eight rule, which is to drink eight ounces of water eight times throughout the day. Proper hydration will restore your skin and help your body flush out any toxins.
Take a few hours out of the day to organize. Whether you organize your closet, your room, computer files or work assignments, organization will help you feel productive without adding too much stress during your weekend. Taking the time to organize will give you a sense of accomplishment and add some bliss in your life.
How do you take time for yourself on the weekends? Make sure to leave your tips below, or tweet your tips to @BlissBrunette.