Recharging for the Work Week

Published Tuesday, March 27, 2012 8:28 PM

What do your weekends look like? Are they two days of rest and relaxation, allowing a chance to recharge for the busy work week ahead? Or are they jam-packed with chores, kids' sports and various commitments?

We know the laundry needs to get done but downtime is critical to your well-being. This weekend make a must-keep appointment with yourself: schedule a chunk of downtime just as you would any other important commitment. Time to get serious about relaxation.

Go Mental: Sometimes a mental break is all that's needed. Meditation, or relaxation techniques, can clear your head and provide relief from stress, anxiety and even mild depression. Not sure how to get started? Guided mediation tapes can be found online that walk you through the process. Practiced regularly, these moments of silence will recharge you for Monday's hectic pace.

Move It: Exercise is the best form of stress release bar none. Take a brisk walk, run with a friend or take a morning yoga class. Getting the blood pumping releases the physical stress that builds up during our desk bound work week. Start your day off with exercise to ensure it gets done before the day's activities distract you.

Unplug: Take a mini vacation by unplugging all your devices. Ignoring phone calls and e-mails during the week is a luxury that is next to impossible, so use the weekend to disconnect and savor the free time created from your self-imposed digital diet.

Give Back: The work week is dedicated to advancing the cause of your company and career. Make the weekend a time to focus on others; giving time and energy to others in need is incredibly rewarding and renewing.

Reconnect: Life is busy, work days are hectic. Chances are you don't have enough time Monday through Friday to connect with your spouse, spend time with your kids or hang out with friends. Reconnect with the people, and the pursuits, that matter most during the weekend.

How do you recharge for the bust week work ahead? Do you carve out time to reenergize during the weekend or are you on an endless chore treadmill?  Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.



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