It's Friday! You've made it to the end of another working week, and for those of us who don't work weekends, two blissful days of relaxing and socialising lie ahead.
But what if you've not got that Friday feeling just yet? There's still time - here are 5 ways to get in the mood for a great weekend!
#1. Do something new
Make some plans - go on a road trip, try a new sport or activity, sign up for an event or just explore a part of your town or city you've never seen before. Making exciting plans for your weekend means you'll be buzzing with Friday feeling!
#2. Tick off that to-do list
Cut your to-do list down to the most essential tasks for today and enjoy ticking them off one by one. By 5pm, you should have a completed list and a sense of achievement that will make you feel good for the rest of the weekend! Don't fall into the trap of creating to-do lists that are more than 10 items long - you're never going to get through everything that way and it can make you feel de-motivated
#3. Let it go
Going over the stresses of the week, or worrying about that unfinished to do list, can leave you feeling stressed and tired. Put it behind you - the week is almost over and you have the opportunity to fix any mistakes or solve any problems next week. Let things go and learn to switch off when you finish work later today - that way you'll have something to look forward to. If you have work email on your phone, try ignoring it from the time you leave the office until Tuesday morning (or Monday night, if you really must check it) and you'll soon be in a weekend mood!
#4. Get your endorphins flowing
If you've woken up feeling sluggish or been battling deadlines all day, get active! A lunchtime workout can help to energise you and get your endorphins flowing, boosting your mood and making it more likely the rest of your day will be positive. A yoga class, fitness bootcamp at your local park, run up and down the stairs or even a bodyweight workout in your office can all help to give you that Friday feeling!
#5. Lighten up
Friday is not only the end of the week, it's the start of the long weekend! That means its time to have some fun and lighten up - it's not a day for feeling anxious, stressed or sad. Try to do at least one thing that makes you happy today, whether that's calling a friend or family member, meeting friends for a drink (or a workout at the gym), or even cooking a delicious healthy meal after work.
It's time to get that Friday feeling!