Weekends are for “living the life.” There’s no work and you can get away from those people that you think you spend too much time with, which is not something that you necessarily enjoy. Sadly, you probably devote your weekends to sleeping in until noon or having an early start for the pile-up of chores you failed to take care of during the workweek.
If you have been neglecting self-care over the weekends, it’s time to put a halt to all that. If you wish to keep your soul happy, you need to treat yourself to something good. The best time to do that is over the weekend.
Happiness Should Be a Priority
But why should your soul’s happiness matter? First of all, it’s one of the best strategies against professional burnout. A deviation from the same old same old is a fantastic way to rejuvenate yourself.
Secondly, a happy soul creates a healthy body. Negative feelings and weariness trigger the body’s release of the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. Studies show that excessive amounts of stress hormones weaken the immune system and make the body prone to various illnesses.
There’s still a bunch of other reasons why you should exert the effort to create a happy soul. But the bottom line here is, it is important. So, to help you create happy weekends to benefit you, here are five of the best ways to do so.
Work and other life responsibilities often leave very little time to hang out with your favorite people such as your long-time best friends. Call them up and set a date for some R&R.
Or, invite them over to your home. If you are not keen on slaving in the kitchen for your meetup, see if your pals would agree to a potluck. Another option you have is to simply order food in. If you are from Abu Dhabi, there are countless restaurants to choose from to create an eclectic spread for you and your friends.
Think about the hobbies you enjoyed before life became too busy. Did you love to go dancing or singing? Were you into sports? How about enrolling in classes for them? Not only will you grow your knowledge and skills, but you can even make new friends by indulging in some old or new hobbies.
Look for accommodations in your area where you can have an “instant” vacation. A beach club in Abu Dhabi where you can spend the whole day pampering yourself or simply hanging out with friends is a good idea. You can rent a cabana by the pool, and when you get hungry, there’s a selection of restaurants to choose from. It truly will feel like you are on a short holiday.
There truly is no better time of the week for a brunch than the weekend. This meal is an absolute treat because you do not have to wake up early, plus, there’s a bigger selection of food items available to you.
For example, the Friday brunch offering of Saadiyat’s Safina holds abundant possibilities, and some items come with spirits. You can have a gastronomic feast with your family or friends, and you all can just take your time with the meal. You can pace yourselves and fully delight in a multiple course brunch.
A growth in experiences is always good for the soul so secure that by doing something exciting and new such as riding your first roller coaster, asking somebody out on a date, or trying bungee jumping to conquer your fear of heights. Doing something you have never tried before is one way to prove that you can overcome anything that’s been stopping you from living your best life.
Most of the time, after trying something new, your eyes open to even greater possibilities and many of them can increase your joy.
Let Your Soul Flourish
A happy soul attracts positivity in this life. It is an open door to healing and boundless opportunities for a more fulfilling existence. So, make it your commitment to treat yourself with experiences that are fun and reinvigorating when you can; your soul needs them.
Soraya Abdul Azis is the Social Media and Design Manager for Saadiyat Beach Club in the UAE, the very first beach club on Saadiyat where guests can enjoy and celebrate a world of fine living, health and well-being. Soraya has worked in Design, Advertising and PR in Dubai and Beirut for the past 4 years.