We’ve all done it. Overcommitted ourselves, said yes to everything, tried to please everyone and got to Friday feeling drained, grumpy, anxious and ready for the floor to open up and swallow us!
Here are 5 easy ways you can take a breath and enjoy your weekend with your family, greeting Monday feeling refreshed and energised!
1). Don’t be afraid to say “no”
Gift yourself this weekend for you. Don’t feel afraid to say no to those who want to encroach upon it, even if they are family or friends! Say something like, “I would love to (do so & so/help you), but let’s organise it for when I can devote my full attention to you, OK?” Then, when you feel rested and ready you can set a date moving forward.
2). Identify your needs, and fulfill them!
We all have basic needs that need to be fulfilled for us to be content. I am actually an introvert. I require time by myself, on my own, otherwise I feel a little crazy. I don’t get that much anymore now I have 2 children, so I end up feeling a little crazy a lot!
You might need to be surrounded by others.
You might be an introvert like me who has a close friend who needs to be constantly surrounded by others… you see where I am going with this right?
When our fundamental needs aren’t being met we start to feel frustrated, bitter and burnt out.
Take a moment this weekend and identify the top thing you need to feel happy, fulfilled and unstressed:
- More downtime
- More ‘friend time’
- More sleep
- Something else?
Now figure out how you can get it!
3). Disconnect after baby goes to bed
As a business owner, the minute my children go to bed I start working because I feel overwhelmed by what I have missed during the day. This leads to late nights, an overactive brain and a grumpy mum the next day!
You might not have a business, but feel all those unfinished tasks from during the day (folding washing, a phone call, the dishes, food prep, etc) need to be done now you have time. What if I told you that time could be taken for you to wind down (or connect with your partner) and there is a way to support tasks not going unfinished during the day?
Make sure you hit me up on that question because I will answer it for you! For now, just take one night this weekend to switch off and focus on you and what you want to do.
4) Set aside time for breaks in your day
This is a big one, especially on a holiday weekend like this one when the kids want to do the Easter Egg Hunt, your partner wants time to do some DIY, you need to make sure the cupboards aren’t bare because the supermarkets are shut and the Mother-in-Law has to have family dinner this weekend.
When can you set aside some time to go for a small walk or do your favorite stretches/yoga poses/exercises ALONE?
Fresh air, some meditation and some exercise are the most re-energising things I know. The challenge is to commit to doing them, so start the good habit this weekend of taking some time out for you.
5) Identify what you love & who you love and do & be with only that
This is another big one. In my Design Your Life Coaching Programme we look really hard at these things so you spend more quality time doing what you love and being with the people you love, rather than feeling obligated to do stuff you don’t like and waste quality time with people you don’t care that much for, but your kids love them, or you work with them etc. I know it sounds a bit harsh, but our days (and lives) are so very short! And we spread ourselves so thinly and feel obligated in so many different directions.
Spend some time this weekend thinking about your ideal life. Who is in it, what are you doing? I made a guided meditation as part of my Find Your Flame Series which is all about being the architect of your dreams and building your ideal life. If you’d like to listen to it, email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to talk to me about the Design Your Life Programme.
If you feel like these steps might be a little hard for you to take right now, you might be interested in my Free e-book, Zen Mum Challenge, which gives you 14 easy daily steps to be more zen!
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Much love X X