Happy Monday, friends! I trust you all had an enjoyable and enriching weekend. The 60 degree temps we experienced here in Chicago definitely got me up and out of our apartment, which is always a plus. My state of mind shifts each week, but one thing I’ve noticed is my work week (especially Monday) is much more productive as well as rewarding after a well spent weekend. I’ve rounded up ways I find useful for making the most of your weekend, follow along with me below.
Start Each Day with Gratitude
I’m a huge proponent of gratitude journals. I’ve found some of my favorites at Paper Source, specifically this one, this one and this one. While it’s been extremely difficult for me to commit and stay consistent, the weekends are a great time to reel my thoughts back in and focus on what I have, not what I need. The best part about a gratitude journal is you can make it whatever you want it to be. Some days, I simply write 5 things I am grateful for and other days I freely write and dig deeper into my thoughts and raw emotions.
Keep Exercise Routine Consistent
We’ve all been there, working out hard Monday-Friday and totally abandoning our exercise routine on Saturday and Sunday. I am still learning that my body needs a day during the week or weekend to recover and rest, so I may not be the best person to take advice from on this front. I typically try and exercise 7 days a week. For me, exercise if therapy and makes me feel better on all levels – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I will be honing in on my exercise regimen on a later date, but can’t stress enough how exercise increases positive endorphins as well as high energy. Most of us commit to an intense workout plan post-holidays and fall off the wagon come early February. To combat this, I suggest regularity even if it means changing up the kind of exercise you’re doing. I attend my circuit fit training class Monday-Friday and sometimes do a yoga class or sometimes just the elliptical and stretching on Sunday morning. The change up will make your body think, helping to speed up your metabolism and keep your muscles guessing.
Get Ready For the Day
I am sometimes guilty of staying in my pajamas until mid-afternoon, which leaves me feeling like I wasted half the day doing nothing. Obviously kicking back and relaxing is always necessary, but getting full hair and makeup ready for the day helps motivate me to get out and seize the day. This past weekend, I opted for my most comfortable pair of jeans and a new chunky knit from Madewell (30% off!). It was a great transitional outfit, taking me from Saturday errands to dinner + drinks with the girls.
Dedicate an Hour for Organization
I’ve found myself scrambling on Monday mornings way too many times to count. This results in being late, disorganization, bad moods and most likely taking things out on others. Why not trump these negatives with a little prep and organization on Sunday evening? It’s as simple as folding the blankets, fluffing the couch pillows, wiping down the counter, packing your bag and reviewing your calendar – all things sure to keep you happy and on schedule the following day.
Time Spent with Loved Ones
Even though I live with my husband, we still feel it’s necessary to plan a date night to get out of our usual weekly grind. This past weekend, we went out for a casual dinner and saw a movie…even just getting out of your usual environment will spark new topics of conversation and connection with one another. I also made time for both my girlfriends and family this weekend which brought on so much fulfillment. I value my time with friends so much because of how much laughter I experience, which is such a mood booster. As I’ve gotten older, I realize that friends truly help us grow as individuals. If I’ve being honest, I rarely feel there is a shortage in time spent with family for me. Family has always been a priority, so it’s often on the top of my list when I have free time. The best thing you can do is prioritize the important things, people and values in your life and you’ll quickly notice how you want to spend your time.
How do you make the most of your weekend? I’m always on the hunt for new and exciting things to try in our great city of Chicago…please share with me!