Long weekend ahead! Here's some tips from our Community Champion, Alaaddin, on how you can stay mentally well over the next few days:
It is finally the LONG WEEKEND! Time for going out with friends, for having fun, for living life!...
Except, that’s not how it always works. Over time, many of us become conditioned to having busy days. Whether getting through your duties at work, or working your way through an assignment, we are used to having our use of time designated for us. Since we are so used to this, it feels a bit weird when there is suddenly a large amount of free time. I know for my own self, a lot of free time usually results in Netflix binging and playing video games till day becomes night.
Although it is fun, it is not exactly healthy for your mind to be stuck in front of the screen for so long. This is especially the case when you are doing it all by your lonesome, as human beings are social creatures and we thrive in the company of others. In addition, there is an expectation that what you do has be Instagram worthy, or you did not really have fun. This can be an added source of stress, on top of trying to figure out what you want to do with your weekend. So here's some tips to help you stay mentally well over the next few days:
Schedule some deep breathing into your day.
It only takes 5 minutes. Sit down and find a comfortable position. Then inhale air through your nose into your core, and feel it expand. Hold it for 2-3 seconds, and then exhale air out through your mouth. Coupling this with the visualization of breathing out negative emotions (e.g. imagine you are breathing out your fears, doubts and concerns) and breathing in positivity (e.g. joy, peace and contentment) can do wonders for the mind.
Take a walk outside!
The weather may have been weird for a while, but it has now finally stabilized on warm temperatures. Walk with a friend, family member, pet or just by yourself. Enjoy the breeze, the sounds of chirping birds, and the sunlight streaming from the skies. After you finish your walk, come home and have a relaxing bath (make it bubbly for the full experience). If walking outside doesn't really suit you, take a trip to the gym and get a quick workout in to get your feel good chemicals going in your brain.
Plan an outing with friends/family members.
Whether that means eating out at a restaurant, going to the movies together, or spending time at someone’s house playing board games, try and have some social activity during the weekend. This will help to prevent you from spending all of the weekend in isolation, keeping those negative thoughts away.
Drink in moderation.
If you are going to enjoy some alcohol this weekend, drink in moderation. Too much can lead to you feeling depressed or anxious, and that would detract from the rest of your long weekend.
Be sure to get a healthy amount of sleep.
When it comes to a long weekend, there is a tendency to either sleep too much or too little. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep, so that your mind feels well rested. In addition, it means that once the weekend ends, you will not feel overly exhausted.
Hopefully by keeping these suggestions in mind, you can have a fun and enjoyable weekend while taking care of your mental health :) Thanks for reading!
- Alaaddin, Community Champion