Isn’t it easy to respond to that email that just go in? Will it give you more anxiety? Here are 3 ways to help you de-connect from work on a weekend.
Being an entrepreneur is hard, you seldom can’t delegate and find yourself with simultaneous dilemmas. Weekends should be moments of relaxation for you but is work really ever over when you are an entrepreneur? It is easy to fall in the trap of working 24/7 but the truth is, while it is easy, it will not help you to be more productive. Many of us fall into the trap of being available all the time and never actually take a real break. Yet, there are many things that you can do to help you to de-connect from work and finally enjoy your weekend.
Detaching yourself from work will require you to set boundaries. This is what I call going into hiding. You are simply hiding from the work environment and its people in a metaphorical sense by setting limits. Indeed, a limit you could set, could be whether you answer emails or calls on Sundays. It is proven that taking a break will reduce the likelihood of experiencing exhaustion and thus increase your wellbeing. Apps such as Digital Wellbeing also exist to track your online time and can remind you when it’s time to stop.
The weekend is a perfect time to discover new places around town. It is full of activities like the cinema, bars, restaurants as well as more as more unusual ones. We often tend to overlook activities available in our area. For example, in Brussels there are certainly many unusual sites or museums you haven’t seen yet. One of these might be the Museum of Fantastic art. The museum houses a mix of spooky and strange artifacts that will leave you speechless. Scared of being alone? Call up a friend or invite your coworkers to join you on your endeavors.
Focusing on your Monday work will surely not help you to de-connect on weekends. You have to change your thinking and understand that your time is valuable for other activities than work. It is not only crucial to keep these free times for yourself but also for your loved ones. Indeed, any healthy relationship takes time and giving. Your family will be more than happy to see that your truly give them the attention they have been longing for.
On the other hand, ritualizing your activities could also help you to avoid falling into the overworking trap on weekends. Indeed, programming de-connection moments help you to control your free time. For example, when you come back home on a Friday, do a few things that you enjoy doing. You can take a warm bath or listen to music alone for an hour. Nonetheless, be careful not to fall into a monotonous routine every weekend.
It is important to keep in mind that it is not a secret that you will be tempted to look at your phone because you worry about missing something out. You should embrace these moments and strive to be kind to yourself when it happens. Practicing mindfulness could help in that matter of de-connecting from work on weekends. It is about training your mind and self-learning and separating yourself from your environment. This simple exercise doesn’t require anything. You simply go sit down in a quiet place and let your mind wonder around while breathing or you can repeat to yourself positive affirmations.
In order to embrace your new found free time, you can also write down your thoughts and experiences to see how your personal life is evolving. Our lives are full of hidden gems that you only notice once you take a break. Indeed, de-connecting from your external environment by analyzing yourself brings you a better self-understanding and clarity over situations. You might even start being grateful for particular aspects of your life and resolve issues you thought we impossible.
No matter what you do, they key is to break from the week and plug yourself in. This time off you give yourself is about finding a new identity and engage in what truly matters. Enjoy your free time to its fullest!
Student in media and languages, Madeleine is passionate about multiculturalism, the environment and food. She strives to write insightful positive content on various topics.