Are you free this weekend?
By JEAN SELVAM
After a long week at work, most of us want our weekends to be relaxing, enjoyable and interesting in order to make up for the stressful and demanding week.
Unfortunately, most of us end up sleeping in, watching movies or eating. Although it is good to rest our bodies and minds and have time to “bum around”, it can get pretty dull after a while.
Some of the excuses I hear from working adults are, “I don’t get to laze around the house and watch television during the week”, or “C’mon! I just want to relax and do nothing” and, finally, “Why do anything that’s going to make me feel tired on Monday?”
I often have these thoughts myself. Although there is a certain amount of validity to the aforementioned comments, I have also wondered if that is all there is to life as a working adult?
Is work the only “fun” part of my life? I sincerely hope not! So what else is out there that is interesting and enjoyable, and helps a person relieve their stress?
Get out and have fun
There are many indoor and outdoor activities that you can do on your weekend, with different types for families, groups of friends, and couples.
1. For the thinker
If anyone has watched a lot of CSI or Law & Order, the Escape Room could be quite appealing to them. It is an indoor activity that is suitable for children and adults, and it encourages you to think like a detective in order to solve a puzzle in 45 minutes.
The best part is that there are different levels of difficulty to choose from and, win or lose, you get to take a creative picture at the end!
2. For the fitness buff
Another indoor activity that could be tempting for those who like to keep fit is rock climbing. It is certainly different from going to the gym, but it works the same muscles and you get to feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach the top of the rock.
I always thought that this activity was very challenging but, if you go with the right person, you will definitely create a bond through trusting and understanding each other.
3. For the adrenaline junkie
There are loads of outdoors and adventurous activities for adults such as the ATV (all-terrain vehicle), waterfall adventure, paintball, and go-karting.
The ATV adventure is a lot of fun because you get to ride your own ATV.
You even have the option of choosing how long you want the route to be. Imagine riding along jungle trails with friends and finding a waterfall to take a dip!
Paintball and go-karting are definitely at the top of my list of exciting things to do with friends. The laughter and memories that one can create during these activities are priceless.
These activities are dynamic and may require a big group of people to go with you.
4. For the nature-lover
For those who prefer a slightly more laidback weekend, there is the option of spending an evening reading, walking, or cycling in the park. There are a few parks that are very well maintained with good facilities, and can be extremely relaxing, especially during sunsets.
Good options around Kuala Lumpur are Desa Park City, Bukit Kiara, Templers Park and, of course, the parks in Putrajaya. The parks are often filled with families or couples going on their evening strolls and picnics.
I am sure there are more parks like this close to your home, but sometimes we don’t realise its existence because we are too busy with our daily routines.
5. For the charitable
Volunteering may seem like extra work (or rather unpaid work) but it could also be meaningful and fulfilling to the point that it doesn’t feel like work at all!
This could be an option for those who have a specific passion or interest to help their community.
There are a variety of organisations and options for everyone, and one just needs to do a little research into the field that they are interested in, whether it is with animals, refugees, orphans, the homeless, or the environment.
The more excited you feel about volunteering, the less it will feel like work, and it is a fantastic way of helping you to reduce stress by giving your time in service to others.
The list of activities that you can do over a weekend is endless – there are more things to do and much more experiences to be gained. Most of the time, we can find out about different ideas for the weekend by going online or browsing through the newspaper.
There should be much more to our daily routine than just work, home, eating, and sleeping. At the end of the day, we all want to live life to the fullest, but how we go about achieving that aim is very much up to us to decide.
Let’s start with our weekends!