Counting down the hours until Friday at 5 o'clock rolls around is common among Americans young and old. Whether your week is filled with meetings and presentations, errands and childcare, manual labor and outdoor activities, or perhaps all of these things, there's no better feeling than that first moment of freedom. However, if you're feeling sore and tense after a long and busy week, your two days of relaxation won't feel quite as nice.
Before you kick back and enjoy a few of your favorite things this weekend, consider these simple and easy ways to recover:
At the end of a grueling week, both your body and your mind will be feeling the effects. As such, it's important to focus on both the physical and the mental. A great place to start when it comes to recovering is to unplug. Turn off televisions and computers, silence your phone and that email ding and take a few deep breathes to put some distance between any work or social obligations. Turn off all excess or unnecessary noise such as radios, ring tones, music and news. All of these are distractions and sound that fill our day and clutter our thoughts. Even just a few moments of silence after a hectic week can have a big difference.
This is a good time to take a walk, practice yoga, read a book or simply lay down. Light physical activity, a hot bath or shower and an outfit change into comfortable clothes can all also help you to relax and unwind. All of these things allow you to step back and clear your mind, gather your thoughts and gain a sense of clarity.