On my way to give more money to Amazon (Whole Foods), I was listening to the NPR program called It’s Been A Minute. At least I think that’s what it’s called. I have no idea what plays on the radio these days since I don’t own one and I only recently bought a car where there actually is one. But I digress.
The host was talking about the collective anxiety that Americans feel about work and how work dominates our social world and our weekends. We talk about work with our friends, we work on the weekends and we subconsciously make lists in our head about when we’re supposed to be relaxing. It’s killing us. At least it’s killing me. I don’t know how to decompress in a way that doesn’t involve an 8-hour Netflix marathon, but I am trying really hard to. Yeah, I’m intense sometimes.
The segment had all kinds of advice, but my favorite was “treat your weekend like a vacation.” According to this piece on Bustle:
“Treating your weekend like a vacation” isn’t about actually going on a vacation; it’s about the mental reframing of what a “weekend” can be. This had such a profound effect on happiness levels, both during and immediately following the weekend: They found that, overall, the people who were in the “vacation” group were “more mindful of and attentive to the present moment throughout their weekend’s activities” — which previous research supports as being a major player when it comes to stress reduction and overall feelings of well-being.
I love this concept so hard and it makes so much sense to me. But like the article points out, a lot of people use the weekends for their second jobs or for caring for children or working on their homes, so it’s not always feasible. I used to be a single mom with a side hustle (living in Seattle wasn’t cheap y’all) and totally get it. And while it’s not always doable for everyone, it is for me right now. I plan on implementing the weekend/vacation concept in the next few weeks and I hope you have the privilege of doing so too.
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TLDR: Be Cool
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