How to Make the Most of Our Free Time
Our weekends are our safe places. The end of the week is that one time period where we don’t have to go to work and deal with the stresses of everyday life. It is time for us to relax and recollect ourselves and recharge for the next week. Unfortunately, not all of us can enjoy the weekend the way we want to, especially those of us who struggle with anxiety or depression. We view the weekend as another stressor in our lives that requires our attention and focus. After a long week, we feel like we have to go out of our way to make more plans. Us introverts can have a real nightmare when trying to plan for the weekend, but it shouldn’t be this way. The weekend should not be a source of stress for you. It should be something that helps you relax and feel rejuvenated. For those of us in recovery, it can be just the kind of thing we need to continue coping with our mental illness and feeling good. There are a lot of different ways that you can do this, and we are here to tell you about some of them.
Unplug & Unwind
The first thing you can do is limit your phone use during the weekend. Letting yourself unplug for a bit every now and then will help you find time to focus on yourself and not worry about the outside world. It’s okay to stay in your bubble sometimes and focus on yourself. Engaging too much with your phone can increase the exposure to things like social media and text messaging. These things are fine in moderation, but they can also cause stress and create a sense of anxiety. If you cut yourself off from those things every now and then, you can improve your mental health and feel better.
Doing this will allow you to stay present in the moment, which is something that we all should practice more often. Engaging all of our senses to stay grounded can give us a great feeling of relief. We don’t have to worry about the past, the future, or future possibilities. Staying in the moment helps curb stress, and keep the weekends as a time for us to feel relaxed. That is what we want: for you to be able to use that time as a source of relaxation.
Change the Way You Think About Your Free Time
It could just be a mindset change. Treat your weekends as if it was a little break, a mini-vacation. If you think of it as something a little more special, you can develop a better mindset about it. Having a different perspective on it can cause you to behave differently as well. You can stay in bed longer, treat yourself better, and engage in meaningful activities with your loved ones. Treating your free time this way can help you approach it better. It will help you to allow yourself to step outside of your stress and enjoy the time that you can.
Don’t let Sunday be a downer for you. Plan significant events for the last day of the weekend so that you can end on a high note. Allowing the weekend to whimper out can cause us to fall into a rut right before the week starts. Plan accordingly, and let yourself have some fun before you go back to work. Just because the week is about to start again doesn’t mean you can’t let yourself have some fun and indulge in your passions.
Finally, focus on creating some new memories and experiences instead of thinking about the week that just happened. Create some new things to ruminate on, let yourself enjoy what you are doing, and create memories that will last you far longer than your last business meeting. These memories will help shape you in much more positive ways than just dwelling in the past.
Mostly, this is about being present in the moment and not letting yourself get wrapped up in insignificant worries. For us who are in recovery and always looking for ways to take care of ourselves, the weekend is an excellent time for us to improve ourselves. Use it as a break from everything, use it as a time to be you, and you will see a positive change in your life and you as a person.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]