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https://qz.com/1012585/the-best-weekend-activities-are-most-likely-not-the-ones-youre-currently-doing/

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You're doing your weekend wrong
Just because you didn't work last weekend doesn't mean you had a good weekend. White-collar workers are logging longer hours than a generation ago, and Americans excel at the losing game of competitive busyness. In this context, a weekend without email and spreadsheets might seem like a victory in and of itself-and it is, kind of.

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Doing your weekend wrong

Just because you didn’t work last weekend doesn’t mean you had a good weekend.

If you don’t feel rejuvenated and keen to face Monday after two work-free days, you're doing your weekend...

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2 types of leisure

  • Casual leisure: short-lived, immediately gratifying, and often passive; it includes activities like drinking, online shopping, and the aforementioned binge-watching.
  • Serious ...

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The instinct for leisure

We need to be as vigilant about the quality of our free time as we are about the quality of our work.

In a live-to-work society, where your career is also your identity and status, the instinct f...

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Socialize

Socializing strengthens the immune system and boosts mental health, reducing depression. 

Passive, solo leisure activities like tending to social feeds and playing video games reinforce ...

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Cultivate a hobby

Hobbies have been proven to reduce stress and loneliness, and senior citizens with hobbies may be less susceptible to dementia.

Deep engagement in an activity unleashes the “flow” state, whic...

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Cultivate altruism

Search for some volunteer activities. Most volunteers have a clear sense of purpose and meaning.  

Studies found that spending time on others makes people feel highly effective and ...

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Play

By definition, play is fluid and has no known outcome or necessary beginning and end. True play doesn’t try to tame time.

Expand your idea of play to include flirting, reading out lou...

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One approach for recharging leads to balance and recovery. It suggests you use your downtime for something unrelated to your job that will refresh you. Think about it in terms of detachment, relaxation, autonomy, mastery, meaning, and affiliation.

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Enrichment Theory offers a perspective from work psychology and points out that the skills and experiences we build in our free time can complement our work performance.

It suggests that you find a hobby that touches on your job in some way. If you want to use your leadership skills, play the role of team captain for your local soccer team.

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Engage in “Deliberate Rest”

Deliberate Rest means engaging with restful activities that are often vigorous and mentally engaging.

For example, Winston Churchill and Victor Hugo painted while Leo Tolstoy played chess.

Catch up on that one thing

Most of us put off tasks that stress us out. Unfortunately, this avoidance kicks off a cycle of procrastination that just causes more stress

Instead, committing to crossing one of them off of your to-do list on a day off can improve your overall well-being.

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