Bringing calm to your weekend hustle.

Let’s face it: the modern weekend often feels like an extension of the workweek. Between schlepping kids to activities, tackling a mountain of laundry, and the relentless scroll through social media, the two-day break we all yearn for can easily slip through our fingers. But what if I told you that with a few mindful practices, you can reclaim your weekend, transforming it into a sanctuary of serenity? Grab your matcha latte, and let’s dive into some mindfulness practices that can bring calm to your weekend hustle.

Breathe In, Breathe Out

According to Andrew Weil (Clinical professor of internal medicine and the founder and director of the Program in Integrative Medicine (PIM) at the University of Arizona in Tucson) "There's no single more powerful or simpler daily practice to further your health and well being than breath work."  Kickstart your Saturday morning with some mindful breathing. Before diving into your to-do list, find a calm, quiet spot, sit comfortably, and close your eyes. Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for a few seconds, then slowly exhale through your mouth. Repeat this for five minutes. Focusing on your breath can quieten your mind and set a calm tone for the day. 


Stay warm and comfortable while practicing breath work with this beautiful herringbone wrap.

Herringbone Blanket Wrap

Calm your gut and your mind.

When was the last time you truly savoured your avocado toast? Weekend brunch is a perfect opportunity for mindfulness. Start by admiring your food—the vibrant greens, the rustic bread, the delicate sprinkle of chilli flakes. As you eat, chew slowly and relish each bite. This practice doesn’t just enhance your gastronomic pleasure; it also fosters a deeper appreciation for your meals and can aid in digestion. Your gut will thank you.

Mindful strolls

Nature walks are more than just an excuse to wear your chicest athleisure. Mindful walking is a game-changer for mental clarity and calm. Head to a local park or your favourite urban trail and walk slowly, focusing on each step. Notice the crunch of leaves underfoot, the chirping of birds, the breeze on your skin. This isn’t about burning calories—it’s about connecting with the world around you and grounding yourself in the present moment.

Stretch It Out

Your yoga mat isn’t just for Instagram-worthy poses. Mindful stretching can help release tension and increase body awareness. Spend ten minutes gently stretching your muscles, paying close attention to how each stretch feels. Synchronise your movements with your breath, inhaling as you stretch and exhaling as you release. It’s like a love letter to your body, promoting relaxation and physical well-being.

Unplug to Recharge

The digital detox isn’t just a trendy buzzword—it’s a necessity. Allocate a couple of hours each weekend to step away from screens. Turn off notifications, resist the urge to check emails, and immerse yourself in offline activities. Read a book, paint, garden, or simply enjoy a cup of tea in silence. This break from technology can reduce stress and calm your mind. It’s your permission slip to disconnect and reconnect with yourself.

We love this 15 minute stretch sesh by Boho Beautiful.

Grateful Moments

Gratitude and mindfulness are a dynamic duo. Each day, take a moment to reflect on what you’re grateful for. This could be as simple as the warmth of the sun on your face or a kind word from a friend. Keeping a journal is an excellent way to make this a habit. Not only does this shift your focus to the positive, but it also cultivates a deeper sense of contentment and joy.

This Pause journal is a space for you to Press Pause on the craziness of life and to capture all the magic moments that can otherwise so easily pass us by.

Press Pause Journal

Evening calm.

Wind down your weekend with a mindfulness meditation before bed. Sit or lie down comfortably, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Allow thoughts to come and go without judgment. Apps like Headspace or Calm offer guided meditations if you need a little help. This practice can help you release any lingering stress and set the stage for a restful night’s sleep.

Incorporating these mindfulness practices into your weekends doesn’t require a complete overhaul of your routine—just a commitment to pause, breathe, and be present. By doing so, you’ll transform your weekends into a time of rejuvenation.  Your soul will thank you.


Photo: Mokoki Tonn 

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