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How to Actually De-Stress on the Weekend

Andrew Merle
Oct 17, 2018 · 4 min read

Avoid Work Email and Social Media

You will never gain perspective or fully experience life if you are constantly buried in email or scrolling through social media. The weekend is the perfect time to disconnect — avoiding all work email and social media.

Spend Time with Friends and Family

Celebrate the end of the week in the company of friends and family. Social connection is the greatest predictor of happiness, and also vital to our health. Our close relationships can get crowded out of the busy workweek, so it is critical that we make time for them on the weekends.


I am a huge believer in the mental and physical benefits of exercise, and the weekend is an excellent time to bring some variety to your workouts.

Get Outside

It is all too common to spend most of our weekdays inside and in front of a computer screen. So use the weekends to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air — if the weather is great or not. I have found that my happiness is often proportional to the amount of time I spend outside.

Enjoy Good Food and Drink

I love a great meal and glass of wine. Meals can sometimes be rushed on weekdays, so I like to slow it down and savor a great dinner on Friday or Saturday night (either cooking at home or going out). I think of weekend meals as a special treat, and am always happier when I take the time to really appreciate them.

Do What You Love to Do

This might seem obvious, but the extra time on weekends gives us the opportunity to do more of what we love to do.

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