Ah, the weekend. Everybody loves the weekend. With my schedule, I don’t really have weekends — or weekdays for that matter — and I still love weekends. I don’t go out too often, but just knowing that people will be out and about and that I have an option to party, feels like relief. That’s what weekends are all about, no?
Going out and enjoying yourself and finding a release. Partying is a great way to physically vent. You go out with some friends, have some drinks, socialize, meet new people, network, maybe even meet someone interesting enough to take home — or take out on a date if that’s what you’re looking for.
Partying your arse off on the weekends is perfect if that’s what you need to do. But that’s not always what we need to do. The problem with Generation-Y in particular is that we feel as if we are obligated to party. We grew up within a partying culture, clubbing since the day we turned 13. Even so, we can choose not to spend our weekends guzzling down booze or wasting time, energy and money — there are other things that we can do.
We should always do what we feel that we need to do to better our own situation — to make us feel better about ourselves and our lives. If we feel that we need a release and that partying it up will bring us that release, then great; but maybe there are other things that you need that take precedence?
1. Catching Up On Reading
Staying home to read on a Friday night has been deemed lame by our generation and pop culture. And who wouldn’t listen to those that brought about the likes of Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber? Reading does the mind good and sometimes it’s difficult to find the time to do all the reading that you’d like to or should be doing. The week is hectic and we want to clear our minds and let go of our issues. Why not delve into a novel and leave the world you’ve been living for a few hours?
2. Getting To Bed Early
If you’re anything like me, you know how important sleep is and still you manage not to get enough of it. There’s always work to be done and then when we aren’t working, we go and party. Partying is great — but weekly debauchery will cost you in the long run. Take a weekend (or just a night) off and catch some Zzzzs. Go to bed early and wake up early; get a fresh, early start. You’ll be thanking yourself when you wake up.
3. Movie Night
We spend most of the week alone and in our own heads. The weekend is a great time to get together with your friends and socialize. But why have to do it at a bar where you will be spending money that you shouldn’t be spending amongst a bunch of drunk strangers? Why not pick up a couple bottles of wine — or tequila — and stay at home? Watch a movie. Have a poker night. Play a board game. Hang out on the balcony. There’s a whole lot to do that doesn’t require a lot of doing. What better way to relax and to have fun?
4. Alone Time
We all need a bit of alone time every week. We may not feel that we do because we have grown accustomed to running around all day and night, but we would all be better off if we would take some time on our lonesome. This allows us time to clear our minds, allowing for a fresh start the following week. It allows us to plan and organize the tasks that we need to accomplish in the upcoming days. It allows us to shutdown and reboot. Plus, don’t you sometimes get tired of always being surrounded by others? A little bit of privacy goes a long way.
5. Romantic Dinner At Home
Some of us are lucky enough to spend weekends with someone we love. If you want to keep that love alive then you will need to witch up your ‘together-time’ routines. Stay home and cook her dinner. Light some scented candles and put on some background music — all that cheesy romantic stuff you see on TV. And think about it…the closer you are to home, the sooner you can do what you really want to do, have at each other. Wine is not optional.
I don’t think this needs much of an explanation. Stay home with your boyfriend or girlfriend Saturday night and just have sex. Take a break, hydrate and repeat.
Had a long, stressful week and little time to get your body moving? Well, you could go out and chug some brewskis — or you could give your mind some rest and work your body instead. Sneak in a run and some pushups during the evening and you’ll have a clearer head to decide whether or not you want to go out and mingle. With your blood pumping and all, you’re likely to go for that option; going out post-workout guarantees that you feel that you look the best you could.
8. Go For A Walk
Walking is very underrated. And there is no better time to walk around than at night. It’s always fun to take a look at the environment you are used to from a different angle — it allows you to see another side of your world. Plus, you are sure to either have a whole lot of lights or stars to gaze at.
9. Finish Up Some Work
Forcing yourself to work on the weekends isn’t fun and if it can be avoided, then why not? However, sometimes we find ourselves with a burst of energy and feel that we could get some work done while experiencing minimal discomfort. This tends to only work when you love what you do, but if you don’t love what you do then you should just change what you do.
10. Do Errands
The weekend is a great time — even at night — to catch up on the things that you didn’t get a chance to do during the week, things that you have been putting off. Grab a glass of wine, sit down and catch up with your correspondences. Maybe do some cleaning or chores around the house. Organize that closet. Wash your dog. Call your mom. Text your siblings. You can socialize from home while remaining productive.