5 Weekend Self-Care Practices to Prepare You for the New Work Week
Do you often feel like a high-performing computer that has so many open tabs and is on the brink of crashing? This could be an indication that you are in dire need of self-care.
According to wellness educator Lalah Delia, “Self-care is how you take your power back.” This definition clearly establishes the value of giving yourself the time to prioritize your well-being so you can restore the best version of you.
You need to be your best self when you take on the different challenges life throws at you, such as your intricate work responsibilities and the competition in the professional scene.
The best time for self-care or power restoration is the weekend. During this time, you do not need to be in the office, and you are not with the people you deal with five to six days a week. On weekends, you are completely removed from the environment that demands so much from you.
So, what should you be doing for yourself that would enable you to launch into the new work week inspired and rejuvenated? Here are five of the best self-care practices for a truly restorative weekend.
1. Get a massage.
Indulging in massage (along with sleep and long, hot baths) is a fantastic way to be good to your body, mind, and spirit. Teachers of massage therapy say a single massage session can heal, free you from pain, and provide relaxation of the body and mind that is equivalent to what you would receive from eight hours of sleep.
What’s more, the improved circulation created by the strategic kneading of the body can also boost the immune system and ward off common diseases.
2. Treat yourself to good food.
Indulge your cravings (and perhaps, spend a bit more) on delicious and nutritious meals. If you tend to settle for simpler meals during a hectic work week, make up for that during the weekends. Spend a little more time cooking dishes or cuisines that you truly enjoy (or order these from your favorite restaurants) and make your mealtimes fully satisfying.
Although you may need to practice the necessary self-control so as not to compromise your health, you can still live a little. For one meal, or one day, don’t count calories or avoid an ingredient. Just be present and enjoy the experience of eating a great meal.
Remember, food can make you feel good, so let it.
3. Journal what you are grateful for.
You would be surprised by how the act of writing down a few things that you are grateful for can change the way you approach life for the better. Gratitude redirects your focus on the positive things in life. So no matter how challenging your days can be, you will find that there are still good things going for you.
When this practice of keeping a journal becomes a habit, over time, you will realize that not letting hardships get you down can be easy. Plus, you will start to believe that there is new hope every morning, and you can use it to direct your behavior and interactions when you are working.
4. Feed your soul.
Do something that creates those warm, fuzzy feelings inside of you. For example, practice mindfulness. Be very aware of your surroundings and of treating everyone around you with care and respect.
Another thing you can do is to spend time in nature. This is a highly beneficial kind of self-care for the soul.
Being in nature can beat feeling jaded, which is common among career people. A 2012 study reveals that being in nature triggers the feelings of awe, which prompts a shift from materialism to altruism, and from apathy to compassion for oneself and others. All in all, it’s an effective way to feel good about the life you have.
5. Learn something new and enjoyable.
Read a book, attend a professional development workshop, listen to a podcast or an audiobook, or find a new hobby.
Growing your knowledge and skills can restore joy and excitement in life. Also, learning something new and enjoyable presents the opportunity to empty your mind of concerns about your work responsibilities and even life at home. It acts like a buffer between managing a career and home life.
Practicing self-care over the weekend will replenish your body, mind, and soul. By making it a habit, you can look forward to the upcoming work week with excitement because you have spent a day or two making yourself healthier and storing positive vibes and vibrant energy, and obtaining new skills.
Marc Innes is the Owner and Principal of the School of Natural Therapies, a training school for Massage & Holistic Therapies located in London. Marc began his career in the NHS, working in a number of managerial and training roles within the Ambulance Service in London. He spent much of that time educating and coaching medical staff. Over time, he developed an interest in all things complementary to Allopathic Medicine, in particular, Reiki Healing and EFT, which culminated in running a successful teaching and ‘energy healing’ practice. Marc is passionate about the massage and complementary therapy industry.