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09/08/2015 04:37 pm ET Updated Sep 08, 2016

20 Fun Ways to Relax on the Weekend

There is a reason why Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend" song is so popular. The weekend is a time to relax. It's a mini-vacation from work. Some people choose to read a book or go to the park while others take small road trips and have movie marathons. Even though there are only two days, you can still relax in several different ways.

1. Read a Book


I love to read. There is nothing quite as relaxing as becoming immersed in literature. It helps the mind to escape the stresses of life while also sharpening your brain and helping to raise intelligence. It is like a 2-for-1 deal!

2. Start a New TV Series or a New Movie


With the advent of services like Netflix and Hulu it has never been easier to discover a new TV show that perfectly fits your entertainment wants. You can sit down for a few hours and watch the whole first season of your favorite show. You could also watch a whole movie series if you wanted to. All while curled up under the covers.

3. Brain Teasers


For some, relaxing the body and mind can be more about changing its train of thought than actually turning it off. Games like crossword puzzles and sudoku are perfect ways to relax the mind in one area while turning another area on. It can be great fun and done just about anywhere.

4. Take a Hike!


Nature is a beautiful thing and it can be wonderful when you are able to surround yourself with it. On the weekends, going for a nice hike or a walk can be a perfect way to get some exercise while enjoying the serenity of the outdoors.

5. Let Everybody Know


A small unconventional way to relax on the weekends is to simply tell your co-workers that you are unavailable for work. It can be easy for colleagues to pester you about work on your days off and this can make it hard for you to relax. Politely let them know that you do not want to be bothered with work.

6. Friends, Friends, Friends


It can be hard to see your friends when you have so much going on during the work week. A nice way to relax on the weekend is to change the scenery and hang out with people other than your usual coworkers.

7. Go for a Drive


If walking or hiking really isn't your thing maybe going for a nice drive will help you clear your mind. If you can, get out of the city and drive out in the countryside or along the shoreline, depending on where you live, but of course, don't drive anywhere near your work.

8. Podcasts


If you love talk shows or listening to the radio then podcasts are a perfect option for you. Podcasts work the same as downloading music to your iPhone except, podcasts are free! Podcasts are segments of discussion, ranging from ten minutes long to an hour, about everything from economics to culinary arts. You are sure to be able to find something that deeply interests you.

9. Family Time


Spending time with your family is a great way to spend your weekends. You could take a small road trip to the lake or simply to the local ice cream parlor. Your family loves you and it can be very rejuvenating to embrace that love.

10. Go to a Museum


This is somewhat dependant on where you live but really no matter what, there is most likely a museum close by. Museums are great places to learn more about the world around you; not just from a book or a movie but actually right in front of you.

11. Yoga


Yoga is rising quickly in popularity and it's an excellent way to relax as well as work on your flexibility.

12. Cook Food


With all the technology in this world it has never been easier to quickly look up a recipe and go for it. You can even find step-by-step videos as well as complete guides to everything from desserts to bacon based recipes.

13. Cleaning


While this may not seem very relaxing it can be an extremely rewarding endeavor. Blast some music and get to dusting. You will be done before you know it!

14. Take Some Pics


Cameras nowadays are not that expensive and going outside to take pictures has never been easier. It can be a great way to relax by capturing the wildlife and nature in a photograph.

15. Go to the Zoo


Almost every large city has a zoo and they are amazing. It is so relaxing to be able to walk around and see exotic wildlife and adorable animals all in one place.

16. Geocaching


Geocaching is a great pastime where the participant is given clues and then must follows these clues throughout nature to find a hidden treasure!

17. Rearrange the House


A change of scenery can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered when dealing with stress and work. Rearranging your living room or bedroom can be a great way to get the energy flowing again.

18. Sleep


I mean is there really any better way to relax than curling up in a blanket burrito?

19. Don't Neglect the Pets


If you have pets it is very possible that during the course of your busy work week that you forgot to give them the quality time they deserve. Take some time on your weekend to walk the dog or play with the cat. They will absolutely adore it and it will be very fulfilling for you too.

20. Practice a Musical Instrument


Learning a new thing can be super-exciting and also a great way to take your mind off the norms of the world. This can be an extremely rewarding and useful skill as life goes on.

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