Sometimes it can start to feel like you live to work, especially when work has been stressful and your mind is begging you for a break. Work can become so stressful that it ends up interfering with your personal life. If this is happening to you, it’s time to do something about it. That doesn’t mean you should quit your job. Better days are ahead and the cycle of stress is likely to happen in any job. If you’ve had a particularly trying week, it might be time to take a vacation day on Monday and plan for some fun over the weekend.
Here are some ideas to help you restore your soul before returning to work after the weekend.
1. Hop on a Boat
If you really need a break from work, you should opt to take a quick vacation. You can find last minute cruise deals that will take your mind off work and focusing instead on sand, sun and pretty blue water. Vacations are good for restoring alleviating anxiety and restoring your happiness. They inspire creativity and refresh the mind. With a last minute deal, you may even save some money.
2. Go Camping
Camping is something you can do very last minute. You don’t even need a tent, though it’s advised if you don’t want to wake up next to any critters. Throw a pot, paper plates, a few groceries, mosquito repellant, a fishing pole, tackle, and fresh clothes in the back of the car and go.
When you get to the lake, pick a shady spot, setup camp and walk down to the lake and release. Watch the brilliant sun set and get up early to watch it rise. You’ll have a new perspective on life.
3. Create Something
If you don’t want to go anywhere, stay home and make something. Get some clay and create a master work that rivals the work of Rodin. Grab some paint and canvas and make an abstract piece to hang over the couch. Or, turn on an old episode of Julia Child’s The French Chef and create an edible masterpiece. You can even do all three.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never tried any of the above before. What matter is that you got your mind off work and tried.
4. Spend a Night in the City
Go to the biggest city near you and book a hotel room. Dress up and have a fine dinner and then attend a performing arts event. After the art event, hang out in the hotel bar and people watch.
When you get back to your room, order breakfast delivery to your room for the morning, take a hot bath, and afterward sit on the balcony and watch the street lights below. When you return home the following day you will feel you have pampered yourself because you did.
Spend your entire weekend unplugged. Don’t turn on the television, turn off your phone, power off all your computers and tablets and cut off all human interaction. If you have a swimming pool, spend your weekend lounging in and around it. If you don’t have a swimming pool, pretend you do. Find a nice shade tree, place a comfortable chair and table there and kick back and listen to the birds sing and read a good book.
The outdoors is good for your mental health. It not only relieves your anxiety but it lifts your mood. After spending your weekend with nature, when you return to work you’ll have forgotten about the brutal week before.
Your career shouldn’t have the power to make your home life difficult. When you feel you’re bringing your work issues home with you, do something about it, even if it has to be drastic. Get yourself back to a place of peace before you go back to work. Not only is that stress you’re carrying bad for you, it’s bad for the work environment. This same strategy should be applied to any area of life that causes you stress.