Best ways to refresh and recharge over the weekendsKhe Thai
The anticipation of the weekend usually starts on Fridays where some companies have slightly shorter working hours and some companies adopt a dress-down day policy for staff. People usually make family travel plans, holidays, group activities and other recreational indulgences for the weekend. Finally, when the weekend is over, we usually find ourselves exhausted and drained on Sunday night. The next day, we will be suffering with a bout of Monday Blues and the whole cycle repeats itself week after week. Here are the best ways to refresh and recharge over the weekends:
Avoid jam-packing your weekends
Due to our tight schedules over the weekdays, it’s common for people to jam-pack their weekends with plans. For those with families, the activities usually revolve around children whereas those who are not married usually have activities with friends. While having group activities are good and even encouraged, avoid planning too many activities involving the whole day. Spend some time just resting at home watching Netflix, gardening or even napping.
According to surveys and research done by Statista, the number of network connected device per person will rise to 6.58 devices per person by 2020. This makes sense as most of us will most probably own some form of smart phone, tablet, laptop and even a smart TV. Being connected means responding to text messages and replying to emails which can wear you out. Allocate a few hours to unplug yourself from your devices and simply enjoy your weekend without them.
Most Malaysians wake up early during the weekdays to beat the jam on the way to work. Try sleeping in more during the weekends and take afternoon naps too. Sleeping is vital for the body’s cognitive functions as it rejuvenates the body and repairs the cells. Be careful not to sleep in too long and too much as you will be lethargic the whole day.
Going out of town
Staying in an urban setting can be hectic. Try taking a short trip out of Klang Valley, maybe somewhere nearby for a non-urban short getaway. It need not be an overnight trip – just a day trip should suffice. Such trips are good to enjoy fresh air nature offers, slower pace lifestyle and delicacies not normally found in cities.
Indulging in outside of work activities
Multiple researches have shown that hobbies are beneficial for your health, wellbeing and work performance. One particular study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, examined how the after-work activities (hobbies) of employees shaped their proactive behaviour and motivation at work the next day. The research noted that employees who engage in sporting, learning and volunteering activities outside work are more likely to get a better night’s sleep and be more proactive in their job.
Taking time to exercise
According to a review published in 2013 in the journal Neuropsychobiology, exercise is associated with the release of neurotransmitters and proteins called neurotrophic factors, which cause nerves to make new connections, possibly improving brain function and possibly playing a role in the reduction of depressive symptoms. In layman’s terms, exercise reduces stress and leaves you more refreshed.