‘Change your weekends, change your life.’ – Grant Cardone

How do you spend your weekends?

Are you staying out late, drinking to excess, eating like an idiot, binge watching inside and mindlessly scrolling what everyone else is doing?

Well no wonder you hate Mondays!

I’ve been there so many times. Destroying myself in some way or another on the weekend, crawling through the week and then finally feeling good by Friday so I feel like doing it all over again.

It’s viscous. But have you ever had a few quiet, healthy weekends in a row? Did you notice that weekdays started to feel much more positive?

Your body needs some downtime after a long, stressful week. Your body thrives on routine. The momentum you’ve built with healthy eating and exercise can be easily undone with 2 days of partying or eating like shit.

I don’t expect anyone to just stay home and eat salad all weekend. But there a choices we can make that can really make a huge difference to the quality of our life.

Instead of using the weekend as an escape, think of it as a retreat. You don’t have to fuck yourself up on weekends, you can enjoy them productively and positively. You might find you don’t hate your job so much after all.

And if you do, you might find you have the energy to actually do something about it, rather than just wait for the weekend for the next 40 or so years.

Here are my 6 top tips to WIN THE WEEKEND:

1. Wake up at your normal time: this helps keep your body clock in sync, which will make waking up on Monday moring a lot easier. If you feel like you need to catch up on sleep, think about how you could go to bed earlier rather than sleeping in.

2. Keep your morning routine: this helps you start the day positively, which is going to have a flow on effect through the day, as well as keep the habits momentum going. I still meditate, read a few pages and journal. It’s 30 minutes invested for a great day.

3. Minimise time on social media: this is a huge one. Everyone is posting their best life on the weekend, and we can get so caught up in what they are doing that we can feel like ours is not good. Or we can be so busy watching other people do stuff that we don’t do anything ourself! This will stop you getting FOMO of partying, and help you be more present and productive. There’s nothing worse than waking up on a Sunday and watching what everyone else got up to and feeling like yours wasn’t that good, or worse seeing what others are doing while you’re doing something great too but not being present!

4. Do some movement: this will help improve your mood, be more likely to make good food choices, help you sleep better and best of all give you the opportunity to try new things or meet new people. Use the freedom try a new class, meet with a friend for a walk, or combine it with the next one and…

5. Get outside in nature: we spend too much time inside usually. Use the freedom of the weekend to get out and explore. I love hiking, but just do something you like. It doesn’t have to be far from home either! It will help reduce stress, clear your mind and heal your body.

6. Plan and prepare for the week ahead: Use this extra time to set yourself up for a great week. It’s a great chance to do your groceries, maybe prep some meals, get your clothes ready and journal or set goals for the week. Give yourself that little bit of an edge and have some direction for the week. Life’s short, don’t waste it!

Is there anything else you would add to this list? Drop a comment!