It’s a long weekend here in Saskatchewan, which doesn’t make much of a difference to me since I usually don’t work Mondays anyway, except that my kids will be home from school on Monday – all of next week, in fact – and so I have the opportunity that day to plan some family time. (I have to say, though, that I cherish my solitude on Mondays, so it was a deliberate shift in mindset to see it as an opportunity rather than as a drag to give up me time for family time. I insist that that does not make me a bad mom, just someone who values her alone time.) It is Family Day, after all.
It’s Friday night and I want to really dig in and enjoy the weekend, so I thought I’d take a few moments to set out what I want to feel this weekend and what I want to do this weekend to get there.
How do I want to feel? I want to feel calm and refreshed this weekend. The refreshed may not happen immediately, but that’s what I’m working toward.
How do I get there?
Do things that bring me joy
- practice yoga (in a quiet space, not with my family running around)
- reading (but not too much, otherwise I start to feel sluggish)
- drink some yummy tea
- light candles
- take a hot bath
- listen to music that matches the mood I want to embrace
- drink cold water with fruit in it (it feels like I’m at an upscale hotel)
- eat some good chocolate
- bake cookies
- watch a fun movie
- take a nap
- listen to my body and mind and choose what feels right
Do things that will help me move forward in my life
- spend time working through the Positive Parenting Solutions course
- match up my work VISA receipts to the VISA statements
- lift weights
- cardio (ride the stationary bike)
- review our spending for the week
- spend time daily decluttering
- review my 2015 non-resolutions
Practice some healthy habits
- eat breakfast mindfully
- get my workout in first thing
- set my daily most important tasks
- designate several hours to unplug completely (no computer, no cell phone, no TV)
Spend time with my family
- watch a movie with my husband
- learn a card game together
- play a board game
- read to the kids before bed
- take each kid out for a meal or “coffee”
- bake together
- prepare a meal together
- go out to eat a meal together
Prepare for the week ahead
- do some laundry
- meal plan and grocery list
- plan my workouts
- go through some of the life coaching-type worksheets I’ve found
- set aside healthy snacks for at work
This is not a weekend bucket list or to-do list. Rather, it’s a set of activities to guide me to the feelings of calm and refreshed that I am intending for myself. It’s a collection of activities that I’ve mentally accumulated over the years that are best practices for living a good life.
What do you do to you enjoy your weekends to the fullest?