By Christine Louise Hohlbaum
If your weekend schedule resembles the timetable at Grand Central Station, you’re not alone. According to the American Time Use Survey [Link: http://www.bls.gov/tus/current/personal.htm], people engage in a lot of leisurely activities on Saturdays and Sundays. People sleep, for instance, almost a full hour more on weekends and holidays. The weekend is the time to fill your tank for the week. Slow Saturdays and Sundays mean we turn from clock combat to a slower, softer pace of life. In fact, according to a January 2010 report in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology [Link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100112085518.htm], our heightened well-being during leisure time is called the ‘weekend effect’.
If you’ve ever battled against time, you know how stressful it can be. We automatically hop on the hamster wheel, racing against the clock in the hopes that we can ‘cram it all in’, whatever ‘it’ is. Disengaging from clock combat on the weekends is extremely liberating. We move from stress to rest when we allow ourselves the freedom to choose, at any given moment, what we’d like to do.