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Making The Most Of Your Weekend

August 19, 2016

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It’s Friday the weekend is almost here and you need to be ready to take full advantage of the 48 hours you have to refuel. Two days is not enough to do half the things on your to-do list, but instead why not take some time for yourself to make sure you go back to school or work on Monday feeling your absolute best! Here are my top tips for when it comes to refuelling and making the most of your two day break.

TIDY UP

Friday night or Saturday morning have a clear out, nothing too major don’t start rearranging your whole house but have a look through your wardrobe or make up stash and throw away a few things that have been sat there collecting dust and would be better off in the bin or being donated to charity. There is nothing more relaxing that a nice clear space so you can clear your head and your not having to rummage through your closet to find your jeans. So take an hour or two at the start of your weekend to have a clear out and a tidy up, whilst at school or work we tend to not bother putting our clothes away and so the pile of tops on the back of your chair or on your floor has mounted up so its time to take a few moments to get everything back into order so the rest of your weekend is clutter free.

WORK OUT

Although the gym is a dreary thought and the idea of dragging your ass all the way there and back seems like a lot of effort, it’s worth it! You can’t deny that seeing the calories burned rack up as you run on the treadmill is a very satisfying image and one that can help both your body and your mind to feel more clear and focused. I love using the gym as not only a place where I run off last nights Oreos but also as a place away from my phone to have a bit of guilt free me time. Breaking a sweat gets those much needed endorphins flowing so you are setting yourself up perfectly for a great weekend. However going to the gym isn’t the only way to get your heart racing, go for a bike ride, or a walk in the park. If you can combine exercise and getting outside and breathing in some fresh air you’re on to a winner. I’m lucky in the fact I live on the doorstep of the Peak District so 10 minuets in the car and I am in the middle of nowhere surrounded by trees and fields, and I love it! When I’m feeling stressed the only thing that will calm me down is taking a long walk in the peaks afterwards not only am I more relaxed I also know I have done some good for my body.

DSCN5537EAT WELL

Food is a massive part of our lives and often it feels we don’t have time to make a proper meal and instead we opt for beans on toast for the fifth time this week but what you put into your body is so important. If you want to refuel and feel great come Monday morning you know the answer isn’t through ordering dominos every Saturday and topping it off with a tub of Ben and Jerrys. Yes you can treat yourself to a take away with friends and of course you can have the ice cream if you really want it but eating easy junk isn’t the way to make yourself feel good long term. Try googling a new recipe or simply cooking your favourite meal from scratch, use fresh ingredients full of vitamins and minerals. Oh and don’t forget to try and drink those much needed three litres of water a day!

DSCN5538DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE

There is nothing worse than feeling like the things you love and enjoy most in life are taking a back seat. Obviously to an extent work has to come first, but I am a firm believer that you do your best work when you are happy. Everyone has something that makes them really happy, whether its baking, going to the cinema or seeing friends it is so important to make time for the things that put a smile on your face when you have some free time. For me one of the things that makes me the happiest is photography, I have always enjoyed taking photos but often didn’t get my camera out as much as I would have liked. I come from a family of people that love photography and having a mother that is a professional lifestyle and wedding photographer has always inspired me to pursue what I love. So at the weekend I grab my camera and take pictures of whatever takes my fancy at the time, sometimes I use them on here or my Instagram and sometimes I just take them for the fun of it and then they sit on my laptop, but either way it gives me a break from work and helps me unwind at the weekend.

DSCN5570PAMPER YOURSELF

Come Sunday night it’s time to give yourself a pamper, put on a face mask, do a hair mask, paint your nails and pluck your eyebrows. Whatever makes me feel revamped and ready to tackle the week ahead. Catch up on some reading or watch a couple of episode of your favourite TV show whilst you enjoy some time with the family or your cat. Most importantly get an early night, try and have your lights out by 10pm and I promise you you’ll wake up feeling fresh and ready to hit the week running.

DSCN5613I hope these few tips have helped. What is it that makes you guys feel ready for Monday mornings? Share in the comments what your weekend routine includes and I’ll reply to all your ideas. Thanks for reading I hope you found this helpful and motivating.

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