Weekend Reads: How to Recharge Your Batteries without Breaking the Bank.

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If you’re anything like me, I relish and welcome the weekend with much fanfare after a long and hectic week. Of course, there will be the occasional invitation to catch up on the latest gossip with your girlfriends or a hike through nature with the boys. It’s up to you to accept.

I usually don’t organise any social ‘dos on my weekends as I’m out for almost 10 hours from Monday to Friday, the last thing I want is to be out and about on Saturday and Sunday.

Unless I need more fresh milk and eggs.

So if you have no plans, what are you going to do then? You could head out for a mani-pedi. Or stake out the new cafe in your neighbourhood. Getting back on your cat’s good side (since working takes time away from him) is a plus, too, but here are three ways you can embrace the silence and relax:

Catch up on your reading

Did you know that reading can help you relax and de-stress?

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According to research, reading is a great way to relax and six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds. It even works better and faster than other methods, such as listening to music, going for walks, or settling down with a cup of tea, to calm frazzled nerves.

Source: The Telegraph

So, if you’ve spent a bomb on the latest Throne of Glass box set by Sarah J. Maas, now would be a good time to start reading them. Why spend the money then if it’s just going to adorn your bookshelf instead?

If you’re not a fan of paperbacks and hardbacks, there are always plenty of ebooks you can download for free. Try this site if you’re up for it. Registration is free, and you get your reading fix, free for life!

Netflix and chill

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There’s absolutely no shame in admitting that you want to be a couch potato for the day. After all, you totally earned it. Maybe it’s time to get serious about a new series. Or you could always go back to your favourites and re-watch them, just because.

I used to watch Spartacus at one point, and Vikings at least a year ago. But recently I’ve gotten hooked on Star Trek: Voyager and The Bodyguard starring a very clean-cut and charming British eye candy with a thick Scottish accent. Yes, that’s Richard Madden.

Did you know that Richard Madden used to play Robb Stark in HBO’s TV series Game of Thrones, and he could be in the running to play the next James Bond?

Tune into your creativity

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If books and TV series are not your idea of fun, then you may want to try your hand at sketching or painting. Get crafty and start a new paint project at home. You can find inspiration online if you’re unsure where to start.

Undertaking a project that doesn’t have the same back-breaking deadlines as your work makes it all the more rewarding when your friends are over and ask where did you get that unique piece of art — and you can say, “Oh, this old thing? I made it!”

If you are feeling depressed or anxious about something, art therapy is the way to go. It is not a quick fix but it helps.

Studies have shown that the concept of making art for therapeutic reasons dates back to the 1940s. Art therapy has been used to treat a variety of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder. It confirms the effectiveness of treating PDA with art therapy.

Source: Anxiety.org

All the more reason for you to pick up that paintbrush now!

These activities above are not an unusual weekend for me, though it is not often that I get to do them. But when I do, it makes me feel accomplished, relaxed and ready to take on the upcoming week by the horns.

Are these in your schedule or do you have other interests that you like to do on your weekends? I’d love to hear what you have got to say!

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