Jacuzzi

Being on a gap year doesn’t always have to mean travel, there will be times when you are at home. Picture this – the weekend has arrived and you’re feeling tired after a long working week. The easiest thing to do would be to shut yourself in your room and sleep through the day until you finally summon the energy to shower. By then its 3pm and you’ve already lost nearly half of your day. Instead, Saturdays can be all about productive relaxation: you don’t have to feel like you’re wasting a valuable day, and you don’t have to over-exert yourself either. The best thing that you can do to truly appreciate your Saturday is to find a balance between productivity and leisure time. Read on for some quick tips on how to create the ideal Saturday for a busy working woman.

Morning

First things first, allow yourself a lie-in to catch up on some precious sleeping time. An extra few hours of sleep is necessary for good spirits and energy so make sure that you give your body time to recover. Sleep in until at least 9am and then move on to a quick but effective gym session. This doesn’t have to consist of three hours of vigorous cardio, but can be an hour of yoga or Pilates to stretch out those limbs and loosen those muscles. Exercising with other people can really motivate you so it’s advisable to join a class or go with a friend. Follow this with a lovely sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi session for the ultimate post-workout relaxation. You can buy bikinis and tankinis swimsuits for women online so make sure to purchase earlier in the week in time for Saturday, as a fabulous swimsuit is essential for showing off your post-workout toned bod!

Indian take-out

Afternoon

Be sure to dedicate some of your afternoon to running any outstanding errands that you may have. This can include a trip to the hairdressers or the nail salon – you’ll want to prioritise after all! Post-errand-run, have a light and healthy lunch such as a chicken salad with a fresh fruit smoothie and then feel free to take some time to yourself. Lounge about in front of the TV or sit back and read a book or magazine for an hour or two.

Evening

From early evening onwards, set aside some time for catching up with your partner, friends or family. Invite people over and cook a meal together. You can get some great recipes online and it’s a great way to improve your cooking skills if you try something new every weekend. If not, you could always go out for a meal. Branch out away from your traditional Italian or Indian cuisine and go for something exotic such as Brazilian if you prefer a variety of meat dishes, or Lebanese for some great vegetarian platters. If you’re not heading on out afterwards then spend your evening with your feet up: watch Saturday night TV, play board games and get a good night’s sleep.

Make sure to make the most of your lie-in on Sunday too… The dreaded Monday-morning-wake-up-call will be back around in no time!