In order to write this week’s post, I felt the need to use my research skills and find out the formal definition of WEEKEND. Here are some of the definitions that I found:

WEEKEND ~ the end of the week; specifically:  the period between the close of one work or school week and the start of the next   (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weekend)

WEEKEND ~ any two-day period taken or given regularly as a weekly rest period from one’s work  (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/weekend)

WEEKEND ~ the period from Friday evening through Sunday evening, especially regarded as a time for leisure  (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/weekend)

If you look at the word WEEKEND, it literally means the end of a week.  It represents the end of a specific time. However, most people consider it the beginning.  Lookout Weekend by Debbie Deb infers that belief in her lyrics. “Lookout weekend ’cause, here I come / Because weekends were, made for fun”  Are yours really made for fun? What is your idea of weekend fun?

We expect Monday through Friday to be hectic.

It is when people are working, children are in school, and government businesses are open for operation.

It is when the alarm clock is set, the meals are planned, and the clothes are set out the night before.

It is when the cup of coffee is rushed or on-the-go, the breakfast is quick and easy, and the commute is short or long, depending on the traffic.

It is when the bedtime routines are followed and the nighttime shows are watched.

Weekends, on the other hand, are often unstructured. No two weekends are the same.

Weekends can be a time for sleeping in, enjoying a cup of hot coffee or tea at home, or lounging around the house in your pajamas until the day calls for you to be somewhere.

Weekends can be a time to catch up on household chores like cleaning, yard work, or finances.

Weekends can be a time to start a household project that requires long, uninterrupted hours of daylight.

Weekends can be a time filled with celebrations like birthdays, weddings, graduations, or anniversaries.

Weekends can be a time to watch sporting events, whether the athletes are children, teenagers, college, or professional.

Weekends can be a time for spiritual or personal growth, like attending retreats, themed festivals, or church-sponsored events.

Weekends can be a time to participate in heart-healthy activities, like walking, running, hiking, swimming, golfing, or playing in a softball game.

Weekends can be a time to spend with family and friends at the beach, mountains, or theme park.

In the end, weekend activities vary with each person. Whatever your activities are, I hope that you mix them up.

Remember not to get too caught up staying at home in your pajamas; fresh air and positive socialization (especially ones that involves laughter) can greatly benefit your overall mood.

Remember not to make every weekend as busy as your work week; everyone needs time to recharge.

Remember the key words in the definition: rest, leisure.

Remember that you were given two days off to enjoy, not to stress over.

So, save the stress for Monday!

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