After a long week of dealing with responsibilities at home and work, you deserve more than just bundling up in a comfy blanket while watching television. Give yourself more credit for the hard work you did and actually do something to get your blood running.
There’s nothing more unsatisfying than not letting yourself enjoy the little things in life, no matter how seldom they may come. Shrug the weight of responsibilities on your shoulders and let loose; nothing should stop you from enjoying your Friday nights because you deserve the break.
Besides, you can always return to being a responsible adult come Sunday morning. So allow yourself to break free from the shackles that bind you on Friday nights and Saturdays. Here are five great ways to begin your weekend that doesn’t have to break your bank:
Meet New People
People are social animals; it’s just the way they are wired. Even introverted people need social interaction once in a while to break away from their tranquil bubbles. So allow yourself the opportunity to meet new people and possibly, spark romantic relationships.
There’s no reason to keep yourself from the dating scene unless you are already in a committed relationship at the moment. You might not think that you will ever meet the potential love of your life through meet-cute encounters like what happens in movies, but you won’t know that until you create the opportunities.
When all else fails, turn to matchmakers who can set you up on dates with compatible partners. That’s a great way to meet new people when you have given up on dating apps, sites, or blind dates from your friends. Going on a date can be the perfect event to cap off your stressful work week.
Blow Off Steam
There are times when you feel like the burden on your back is as heavy as the world and that there’s nothing you can do about it. But there is. There are plenty of activities that you can do to blow off steam without having to project your anger on other people.
If you seek thrilling opportunities and you believe in the power of guns, you can spend your Friday night shooting targets in your local shooting range. Of course, some rules and regulations are involved in getting a license to hold a gun, but it can be a great way to let off steam and practice responsible gun handling techniques at the same time.
You can also opt for less dangerous options like kickboxing or martial arts, which still pose risks but are far safer than being surrounded by guns. You can do many activities to release your anger and frustrations without accidentally harming those around you.
Get Wasted Responsibly
There are moments in life when all you want is to drink your problems away. That’s not to say that you should always depend on alcohol as an escape from your troubles, but drinking once in a while never hurts anyone, especially if you know how to do it responsibly.
What fun is getting wasted without your closest friends joining you on the fun? Set up plans to hang out with your friends on Friday night early in the week so that they won’t have any excuses for not showing up. You can even go the extra mile in planning and look for bars that hold trivia or karaoke nights so that it’s more entertaining.
Of course, nothing can compare to good old catching up over cold beers or cocktails, which might be what you need after a stressful week at work. Take this opportunity to reminisce fun memories, share stories, and nurture deeper relationships with your friends.
Bond with Your Family
There’s no harm in choosing to stay in with your family on a Friday night as well. This is a great way to welcome the weekend, especially if you’re a family guy who wants to spend more time with your loved ones. After a long week at work, being in the presence of your family can be a comforting change of pace.
You can plan game nights where everyone can participate in the activities or hold a movie marathon where each member picks a film to watch. This way, you can learn about each other’s interests while bonding over fun activities.
You should know that there is always more to life than having money and working to make a living. It’s important to draw a line from work once the weekend rolls in so that you can have some time to recuperate and prepare to face the challenges of the coming week.