Remember when your weekends consisted of Saturday morning cartoons, exploring our backyards, pillow fights, playing in the tree house, and just a plain ol’ good time?  Now it seems our weekends are entirely made up of finishing work that didn’t get done by Friday, household chores, and an overwhelming need for a full social calendar.

Oftentimes we are so worried about getting as much accomplished as we can, that we are completely exhausted by the time Monday rolls around.  Did you know these stressful routines are actually damaging our health?  Having a full schedule 7 days a week can cause symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, insomnia, high blood pressure, early aging, and sometimes even worse (READ: heart disease & depression).  Stephanie McClellan, M.D., coauthor of So Stressed: The Ultimate Stress-Relief Plan for Women, says, “If the highs of stress during the week aren’t offset by the lows of leisure on the weekend, your cortisol levels can remain sky-high, hampering your body’s natural ability to bounce back and recharge.”

So what should we do about it?  Restore our weekends to their natural purpose! Quiet, peaceful leisure.  Sure, we may have to do a load of laundry or pay a bill, but first take an hour- or two- to have a healthy breakfast and read the newspaper before jumping into our responsibilities of the day.  The key is to be balanced.  You worked hard all week, you deserve a break!

Why not ditch the responsibility for an afternoon and head up to Apple Hill or the beach with a car full of your closest friends?  Another tip:  Take a break from technology.

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