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6 Ways to Enjoy a Lazy Saturday

6 Ways to Enjoy a Lazy Saturday

As summer comes to an end, people are enjoying a little less travel and a little more relaxation on the weekends. But what do you do when you don’t have any big plans? While it can feel like a sin to not have any plans on the weekend, a lazy Saturday is sometimes the perfect end to a stressful week.

Here are some fun ways you can enjoy your next lazy Saturday!

1. Stay Comfy

Weekdays are for dressing up and impressing coworkers. A lazy Saturday morning calls for nothing more than staying in your favorite pajamas and cooking breakfast or playing board games with the family. There’s something about being comfortable and not dressing up for the day that makes a Saturday morning even more carefree and relaxing.

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2. Host a Carefree Brunch

Being lazy on a Saturday morning isn’t about being anti-social. It’s more about staying relaxed in your own environment. With that being said, feel free to invite over a few close friends and enjoy brunch.

The key here is to make the brunch as stress-free as possible. Running to the supermarket to get last-minute ingredients, forgetting to run the dishwasher, and burning the pancakes aren’t exactly good ways to start your day. Make everything easy by setting the table the night before, making a breakfast casserole that simply needs to be put in the oven, and using paper products that can be thrown away.

3. Enjoy a Bath

During the week, showers are probably your worst nightmare. You constantly oversleep and forget to leave enough time to dry your hair. Well, you can make up for these frustrations by enjoying a relaxing bath on a Saturday morning. Take your time. Get the temperature just right, grab a magazine, light some candles, and use a nice bath bomb. You’ll get out feeling clean, refreshed, and ready to conquer the rest of your lazy day.

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4. Crank the Music Up

While there’s nothing wrong with binge watching Netflix, you may be surprised to find that music is better for elevating your mood. Crank up the music throughout your house and enjoy singing along to your favorite tunes while reading a magazine or cooking.

5. Plan Meals for Next Week

Is meal planning stressful for you? If so, it’s probably because you’re always doing it last-minute. You may even be meal planning in the supermarket parking lot. Well, remove some of the stress and spend some time planning for next week’s meals on Saturday morning.

Turn on some music, hop on Pinterest, and find some healthy, tasty recipes that you’re willing to try. If you enjoy cooking and find it relaxing, you may even want to spend the day preparing meals ahead of time.

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6. Finish the Day Outdoors

There’s something peaceful about spending a late-summer or early-fall evening outdoors. Since you’ve probably been inside for most of the day, you’ll be happy to get some fresh air. If you have a porch, pouring a nice drink and sitting around chatting can be fun. If you have a large backyard, building a bonfire is the perfect way to close out the day. There are lots of options, so don’t be afraid to get creative!

Embrace the Laziness

While lazy isn’t a word that you want people to use to describe you on a regular basis, it’s okay to embrace it on the occasional Saturday. Sometimes, staying home in your pajamas, and hanging out by yourself or with family is just what the doctor ordered. Energize your body and mind so that you’ll be ready to face the new week with grace, inspiration, and motivation.

How was your Saturday?

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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