Whether your weekends consist of streaming the latest Netflix show (#guilty) or soaking up all the good weather, the weekend is your time to do you. However, it has been shown that successful people use their weekends to network and recharge, so you may want to consider adding some of these activities to your weekend schedule. Scroll on for seven ways to approach your Monday with whole new kick!
1. Brunch: Oh, brunch. It has become the new status symbol. The queen of crafting and cooking, Martha Stewart, loves to brunch it up on the weekends. Brunch is fun, relaxing and the best place to get good gossip. It’s also a great time to network.
2. Exercise: The benefits of exercising when you have a stressful job have been reported on obsessively. In addition to helping with stress relief and giving you more energy, exercise boosts your cognitive functioning and improves your memory. Business titan T. Boone Pickens attributes exercise for boosting brain power, helping fight Alzheimer’s, improving self-confidence and warding off fatigue. He even built a gym at his office building and made it available to all employees.
4. Instagram and Pinterest: For some, staying connected is the best part of weekends. Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch and Lauren Conrad all love to post photos to Instagram on the weekends. Others like Mark Zuckerberg, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Garcia and Martha Stewart let loose and pin it up.
5. Yoga: Yoga differs from normal exercise because it integrates meditation. Stanton Kawer, CEO and chairman of Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide, explained in his article for Forbes, “Yoga helps make me a more effective CEO by reorienting my outlook on life — my buoyancy of spirit. I spend 90 minutes in a studio feeling like a 10-year-old boy. How could I not have fun? I am doing the real work of building muscles and increasing my agility, but with poses with Sanskrit names, like Surya Namaskar or equally fun English names like Warrior. I begin in tadasana, or mountain pose, as I set my intention, and I end up in savasana, or corpse pose, allowing my mind and body to clear out from a period of extreme labor.”
6. Gardening: Dominique Schurman, CEO of Papyrus, spends some of her weekends gardening. She loves to “move her pots around, studying different ways to combine color and texture, which is not unlike what she asks her card designers to do during the week. This more relaxing sort of work adds a tactile dimension to her process of creativity.”
7. Eat Frozen Yogurt: And by frozen yogurt, we mean any snack you find delicious that you don’t let yourself indulge in during the week. Julie Rice, co-founder and co-CEO of SoulCycle, loves her sweets, especially 16 Handles. “My whole life is about snacking,” the 42 year-old mother of two told Grub Street. “My husband says if I were a superhero, my name would be the Nibbler.”
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This post was previously published on Levo League by Meredith Lepore. Photos via Getty