Work’s tough. Sometimes the week gets you down. How do you make sure you’re back up by Monday? You could transform your home into your own refreshing, re-energizing weekend retreat. Though a spa weekend or a mini vacation would probably be preferable, there are seven things you can do to make your home even more relaxing than it normally is.
The trick? Laying the groundwork during the week before the weekend even starts, and then dedicating actual time to focus on you once the weekend’s here!
A good thing to remember across all areas of your life: If your heart’s not really into an invitation to go somewhere or do something, just say no. This frees up more time to fill the weekend up doing only the things you want to do and love and sets the perfect stage for a weekend of retreating and relaxing.
2. Physically and psychologically detach from work
Preferably you can start this step on Friday night, but Saturday morning will do just fine. Hide your briefcase! Stuff your work folders in a drawer. Hey it’s 2014, no one’s going to tell you to lock up your laptop (this is a post on an online website, after all), but sign out of your work email. Try to give your brain a break.
Thursday or Friday night, do a quick clean that will make your home seem clean (even if you’re a little behind and it’s not as clean as it could be). Bringing rooms back to neutral, swiping counter tops, not waking up to a sink full of dishes – all of these will make your home feel more relaxing to start with.
5. Consider ALL of your senses
A trick to feeling relaxed and rested after a weekend is to feel transported, and you can do that by distracting and treating all your senses. So consider all of them as you plan a weekend of activities (or lack of activities). Wrap yourself in a favorite blanket you love the feel of. Light a candle you can’t get enough of the smell of. Taste a favorite tea. Place a bouquet of fresh flowers right in your eye line as soon as you wake up. Listen to a favorite album.
We keep droning on and on about being more mindful and taking a few minutes to set intentions every day. But when your week was too busy to do that, it’s doubly important to attempt it on your days off. Find that space in your home you can grab a few moments of quiet.
7. Spend some time in your outdoor space
Nature – a little sunshine, hearing some birds chirp, even just listening to the rain – recharges. Try and spend a little time in your outdoor area (perhaps reading that book), even just tending to some plants, to be sure you’re relaxed by the time Monday rolls around.