It’s not exactly breaking news, but we’re going to say it anyway: weekends are awesome.
Yes, those 48 magical hours at the end of the working week where we can kick back, switch off and do whatever we darn well please.
Now that winter’s well and truly here, it’s all too easy to hibernate with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s and back-to-back episodes of the latest American sitcom. While we agree that a bit of downtime is important, if you’re guilty of slobbing around ALL weekend, you’re probably finding that come Monday morning you don’t feel all that refreshed; you certainly wouldn’t describe your weekend as “incredible”, and when workmates ask what you’ve been up to, you have to rack your brains to think of exactly what it was that you accomplished. So, with this in mind, here are some top tips to really make the most of that all-important two-day break.
Although a bit of spontaneity is good from time to time, it’s always wise to have a rough idea during the week of what you’d like to do at the weekend – if you don’t have any plans, you could very well end up doing nothing! Things get booked up pretty quickly on Saturdays and Sundays (and so do your friends!) so a bit of forward-thinking is sometimes necessary.
See your mates
Talking of friends, spending time with them at the weekend is a guaranteed way of boosting your happiness. The main reason we don’t see our mates as much as we’d like is because we forget to organise anything – so bite the bullet and set up a group on WhatsApp or Facebook to organise a Saturday bike ride or a Sunday stroll.
Switch off the TV
Watching the TV for hours on end might seem like a good way to relax, but several studies have found, in fact, that heavy TV viewers report lower life satisfaction, as well as higher material aspirations and anxiety. It may seem like an easy, convenient option on a rainy Sunday afternoon, but if you wrap up in your waterproofs and get out in the great outdoors, we promise you’ll be glad you did!
Find a hobby
Many of us have a work routine from Monday to Friday, so the weekend is a time to shake off this monotony and treat your brain to something different. Whether it’s a game of tennis or a piano lesson, a hobby can be a great outlet for stress.
Finally, what better way to spend a weekend than zipping through the trees and leaping off Tarzan swings amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK? We now have 28 Go Ape locations dotted over the country, so simply choose where you’d like to have your adventure, book to secure your session and gather your tribe. You’ll be returning to the office on Monday morning saying your weekend was EPIC – trust us!