Turn a Weekend at Home Into a Mini-Break

Turn a Weekend at Home Into a Mini-Break

Make the most out of days off work by taking some time for yourself and really relaxing.

You don’t need an entire week to feel like you’re on vacation. Whether you’re just pampering yourself or having a jam-packed, shop-till-you-drop day, check out these tips to make your next weekend or couple days off something that recharges you.

Getting Started
Define your “vacation” — designate 7 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday morning your unofficial break, for instance. Shift your schedule around to reduce tasks: get your grocery shopping finished up and lingering chores when you can during the day and fight the urge to do laundry until the evenings the following week. (This is your vacation after all!)

Research quick meals so you can spend the least amount of time in the kitchen and the rest of the evening relaxing with the family.

Put Fun into Your Routine
If you can’t avoid having to take a son or daughter to a Saturday morning game or practice, make it a social event rather than a chore — take the whole family and support from the sidelines with a thermos of hot chocolate.

Make meals an event by taking time to prepare everyone’s favorite dishes or getting the kids into the kitchen to help out.


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If you’re really looking to mix things up, try switching bedrooms. It’s a simple and fun way to add a twist to your weekend. And if swapping rooms isn’t practical, make “tents” out of sheets and sleep on the floor like indoor campers.

Pamper Yourself With Some Me-Time
Find out what everyone’s idea of a relaxing treat is, then turn this list into your timetable for chilling out.

Get a neighbor or a sitter to watch the kids while you go for a night out. Whether it’s with your spouse or just a night for you to relax on your own, a night without worrying about small to-do’s is refreshing for the soul.

Allow the Kids Some Freedom
Give children the chance to do something different: at bath time, let little kids have double the usual bubbles or play with bath crayons, or invite your 10-year-old son out for a jog with you.

While your definition of quality time with the family might be different than your neighbor’s, ask yourself what actually makes any stretch of time a vacation. As long as you can make the most out of your days off and get back to work feeling energized and fresh, consider it a successful “vacation!”

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super nice tips to have a splendid weekend

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