Sure, you always have tons of things to do, and working from home has seemingly amplified that with longer shifts and diminishing boundaries. So unless it’s part of your contract, put your foot down and keep your weekends sacred. The rest that your body craves? That’s legit—and science has your back on that.
The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health affirms the obvious: that stress really takes a toll out of everyone’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Aside from this, it also lowers your productivity; so basically, you may not even be efficient during all those long hours you spent clocked in. Breaks are definitely a must, especially now that work culture has drastically shifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Weekends offer a respite from the rat race. Not only does it reset your body, it also lowers your levels of stress, plus uplifts your mood. University of Rochester psychology professor Richard Ryan says on Life Science, “Workers, even those with interesting, high-status jobs, really are happier on the weekend… Far from frivolous, the relatively unfettered time on weekends provides critical opportunities for bonding with others, exploring interests, and relaxing—basic psychological needs that people should be careful not to crowd out with overwork.”
So the next time you feel guilty about resting, don’t. That’s your body asking for a break. If you’re a self-proclaimed workaholic and are trying your best not to touch your office laptop, some things you can do during the weekend include having food delivered, going on a road trip, watching a new series on Netflix, or, you know, simply catching up on some sleep. No matter how you choose to spend your free days, just know that you deserve it.
*This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.