When you think of the weekend, you instantly think of a hectic two days right? I mean, everyone loves the weekend, sleeping in and having that big Sunday brunch but what about the housework, laundry, errands, kids activities and cooking? Of course, you can chalk it all up to a labour of love (we do love our family) but I don’t think it’s healthy.
There’s more to life than working all week and doing the same all weekend. Now, I will admit, there definitely are things that have to be done on the weekend. We need to eat, so some cooking is in order and a few chores do have to be done.
How can we slow down and enjoy at least part of the weekend?
First, I think we need to find out what really makes us happy. What are the most important things we do on the weekend?
Is it having an hour to yourself to relax with a coffee and a good book? Or would you love to snuggle up and watch a good movie? Maybe bake cookies with the kids. Whatever makes your heart happy, do it. Just do it. Do more of that and less of everything else.
Some of you may feel a need to get permission to cross things of your to-do list. It’s hard, I get it. You’ve been doing these things for a long time and maybe you feel obliged to do them (or guilty when you don’t). I am giving you permission to cross them off your list. You have my permission.
- You are allowed to slow down and enjoy the weekend.
- You do not have to attend that event.
- You don’t have to vaccuum again today.
- You are allowed to do take out instead of cooking for hours on Sunday.
- You are allowed to sit down and read that book
- You are allowed to binge watch your favorite sitcom
It’s that simple.
When we pressure ourselves to do it all and none of those things are contributing to our happiness, it’s time to stop. In life, there’s always going to be things we do not like to do (house work, laundry, shopping) but they must be done as part of living. Then we have the things we just don’t need to do. They don’t make us happy, they serve no purpose, in fact, they cause us to feel apprehensive. Cross those things off your list.
Be true to yourself, don’t be afraid to enjoy your weekend and live with purpose. Practice slowing down on the weekend and giving yourself time to recharge. Enjoy the simple things that you love to do and let them fill your heart.
Practicing the art of simple living contributes to a healthier and happier you.
Have a happy weekend xo