Importance of a Weekend Ritual

We are all familiar with the feeling of the weekend slipping between our fingers while Monday inches close to us. For some of us, weekends are more stressful than the weekdays, while for others, it is the time for food, sleep and Netflix and then some guilt and self introspection. Whatever be the case, a weekend ritual is necessary if you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything over the weekend and want to strike a balance.

I for one, do not like spending the weekend sleeping. I want to do so many things; cook, sing, blog, paint, learn something new, work on my book, but come Sunday, I have barely accomplished anything on my list, not because I was lazing around, but because I am over ambitious, my list is too long, and I end up panicking and grieving! A Weekend ritual that says ‘Relax is quintessential to keep me calm and in control.

You may not realise it. But it is when you lose control of your time that you begin to panic. A weekend ritual will be that time frame in your weekend that would help you establish control on one important aspect of your life, thereby making you feel better about yourself. If you fall under any of the following categories (except the last one), you need a weekend ritual:

  1. For the Ones With Solid Goals – If you want to accomplish something really ambitious in life, you need to practice it or work for it on a regular basis. If you wish to write an exam, or develop a new skill you need to keep some time aside during the weekends for it. Unless you prioritize, your dreams wouldn’t materialize. So instead of doing everything else you think are important, you should keep aside some time, say 3 hours, for your goals. To practice your passion. That would be YOUR weekend ritual. A permanent part of every weekend of yours!
  2. For the Ones Wearing Many Hats – If you are over-ambitious like me, you need to reduce the self inflicted burden. You also need some time to rest and handle any sudden plans that may come your way. In this case, you wouldn’t need the same ritual every week. You can mix it up, but in smaller quantities. If on one weekend, you’re singing and baking, on another, you could paint and write. The important thing is to plan ahead, and to never overdo it!
  3. For the Ones Over-Burdened With Chores and Responsibilities -If you’ve lots of dreams and even more responsibilities weighing you down, you tend to give more importance to the latter. The house chores HAVE to be done, the house HAS to be cleaned, you HAVE to prepare special dishes for your family and then it’s Sunday night and you’re exhausted and disgruntled because not only couldn’t you do the things you love, you didn’t even catch a break. People like this HAVE to plan a relaxation ritual for their weekends. Whether you do those chores or not, you HAVE to take half a day off from everything else and just sit with yourself doing nothing or doing something you Love. It is the most important weekend ritual you need to have for yourself!
    Also, please be more vocal and share your burdens. House chores aren’t your responsibility alone.
  4. For the Ones Who Sleep Through – Then there is the category of people who sleep and relax throughout the weekend and feel guilty about it. Work just one thing into your ritual. It could be reading for 2 hours, watching a video that would help you grow spiritually or improve your lifestyle, learn to play an instrument, a language or anything that would give you a sense of accomplishment. You can go back to sleep after this.

  5. For the Over-Worked Corporate Slaves – Do you use the weekend to catch up on all the pending office work? But do you also feel like you can’t catch a breath because of all the over-working? Then you need to squeeze some more time for yourself. Giving priority to you will be your weekend ritual. But do you know what else you need to do? Ask for more resources or search for a new job. You deserve a life outside of work and if you are forced to work during every weekend, against your will, you aren’t tied to the company.
  6. For the Ones that Don’t Need the Ritual – If you fall into this category that I have never come across, the type that is perfectly happy with their weekend whether or not they did anything, you are in the best mind space you could think of. Keep that up. Because in the end, it is the peace of mind that matters; yours and others’.
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This weekend, I wanted to paint, participate in #MyFriendAlexa campaign and cook something wonderful. But my weekend ritual for this weekend was this blogpost, the music class and the massage that was much needed for my back. Fixing these as they were important, gave me more time which is when I watched a movie and started learning how to play the Ukelele.

Apart from all these, you can have weekend rituals for your skin, mind, food intake, to be in touch with your family or friends, the possibilities are endless. These rituals aren’t rules. They are meant to reduce your burden, pay more attention to your goals, keep you relaxed and make you happier. Which of the above categories will you fall into? And what would your weekend rituals be like?

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  1. Modern Gypsy

    Excellent suggestions. And I completely agree – weekend rituals + focusing on and making time for what’s important to you and what you want to achieve, is an important part of self care too, one that’s rarely spoken about!

  2. Sivaranjini. A

    You have read people’s minds probably well and ranjini I lack planning and that is totally a relatable read.

  3. Aesha Shah

    what wonderful suggestions. I loved the idea of a weekend ritual. Generally, weekends are no agenda days for me but I think I am going to take your suggestion seriously and choose a few activities which I will definitely do regularly on weekends. I will start with Saturday, let’s see If I can follow a routine on Sunday as well.

  4. Ruchi Verma

    Weekends for me meant for relaxing, but I feel it’s more of completing unending pending tasks!! I really loved the suggestions and will follow for sure

  5. Srikanth

    Weekend Ritual – a few hours of me-time for that one ritual to give a smile back is an area that is fading away and we should get back to it. COVID taught me to start a ritual that I have never focused till date – Being active, made me purchase a cycle and visit a few places in my city on weekdays and weekends taking time and also maintaining my work life balance. Looking forward to continue it…

  6. Harjeet Kaur

    I think I fall in category 6! But tell me is it good or bad πŸ™‚

  7. Dipika Singh

    Honestly, for weekend all I want to donis sleep however being a hands on mother and working from home professional this is a dream far fetched. Love the different types of weekend games πŸ™‚

  8. Mayuri Nidigallu

    Loved all your suggestions, Ranjini. For someone like me who has no weekend plans, I guess I should use your post as an inspiration and chalk some up.

  9. Mayura Amarkant

    Fantastic post! I guess I fall in over one category depending on the work stress that I am facing. I agree with you, taking a break, atleast on weekends is critical. Thank you for writing this post!

  10. Roma

    Can I agree more with you buddy

  11. Lancelot Quadras

    Everyone needs a weekend ritual and following it will give you joy! Most of the times I will fall in the last category. As long as I’m resting, all is good and I have no qualms either.

  12. Mandavi Jaiswal

    1 & 3 thats me! and I need to take the day off. Ritual seems like a perfect term to make this a habit πŸ™‚

  13. Richa Mina

    I’m category 4 LOL i definitely spend time with the family but i love the relaxation so that i could prep myself up for the coming hectic weekdays

  14. Leha

    You’ve divided them so well. The way we spend our time is very important. What better way to spend a weekend than by taking care of ourselves πŸ™‚

  15. Yogita Joshi

    I agree, weekends plays an important role in our routine. After the hectic weeks, weekends are relaxing.

  16. Jenifer

    I fall in first category. Weekend ritual is a must as it works like a detox therapy.

  17. Paresh Godhwani

    My weekend rituals change as per the situations and conditions. Like before corona I used to go to play cricket every sunday now I spend most of the Sunday being lazy. In this way it changes on regular bases. You also have mentioned some crucial points for different types of people.

  18. Hema

    oh yes. weekends rituals are must for me , it keeps me sane . Very well articulated.

    #Hemareads #MyFriendAlexa

  19. Geethica Mehra

    lovely write up, Ranjini. I am the one who has a lot of responsibilities and still a lot to achieve in life. Weekends are the best way to indulge in no schedule. The first thing I do is switch off my alarm on Friday night. I try to do nothing at weekends if life permits.

  20. Sindhu Vinod Narayan

    I think I’m falling under 3,4,&5 of your list. I need to rethink and make sure I enjoy my weekends. #tmmreads

  21. Shamik

    This is such a nice post. Thanks for sharing this. It’s essential to have weekend ritual and that’s for every individual – the last one in your category too πŸ™‚
    My weekend ritual is to read some blogs, write some stuffs for my blog, playing a lot more hours with my little princess and of course following my passion for cooking – a new recipe πŸ™‚

  22. Sayali

    My weekends are usually a blur but I realise the importance of having a ritual now.

  23. Manisha Garg

    I am the one who has all her chores pending with very little time for herself. Sometimes I feel Monday has come immediately after Friday but I agree with you need to plan at least half a day for myself.

  24. Kiranmayi G

    This was a reminder for me to take out some me-time from my busy schedule.

    1. Rangelz

      I’m so happy that it made you think

  25. Neha Jain

    I have never met a type too that don’t need a ritual. Weekends are surely busier than weekdays for me.

  26. Vashi

    Im someone over zealous & likes to don many hats & on some days its really overwhelming. Almost feels like quitting. I need to prioritise & unwind. Great read , gave me a perspective

  27. Noor Anand Chawla

    I think I fall under the “wearing too many hats” category!! My weekends just fly by instead of being the relaxing interludes they should be. But your tips will surely help.

  28. Suchita Agarwal

    I actually try not to wait for the weekend to do stuff – unless it’s hardcore cleaning or sleeping πŸ˜€ Everything else I try to finish in the week – because then the stuff keeps piling up for the weekend.

  29. Princely D'cunha

    Nice post. Weekend rituals.
    We need to take out some time from our busy schedules for ourselves.

  30. Shail Thosani

    I am the one who has to plan even my weekend relaxations. We all need that weekend ritual but I take a day off at any day weather a weekday or weekend and plan my relaxation activities around it. My weekends are sometimes even more hectic.

  31. Nitisha

    I so agree with this, Ranjini. One really needs to have a weekend ritual to avoid feeling the weekend just slip by. My weekend usually includes painting an elaborate piece and watching a movie or a series with my family with at least once special meal. Loved reading your post πŸ™‚

  32. Harshita Nanda

    I am a home maker so its point number three for me. My weekend ritual is to read late in night on one of the days. It is peaceful, there is no one asking anything. Its just me and the book

  33. Pratikshya Mishra

    I loved your post. I myself truly believe in a weekend ritual. You have given a good list of options for every personality type.. Today’s corporate world is very demanding and tough indeed..

  34. Milan Singhal

    I fall under category 3. And on Saturday i MAKE sure things around the house are done , so I can relax on sunday

  35. Kinshoo Agrawal

    I belong to 3rd category and I take off from chores on weekends.

  36. Aditi Kapur

    Haha. ..all I could decipher from the article is that the corporate slaves should find some time for themselves and their families:)
    My husband is one and I’m going to show him your post!

  37. Sweta Papaiyawala

    I come in the overburdened one. I love spending weekend preparing meals cleaning the house.

  38. Shweta Suresh

    I feel like I fall into more than one category… depending on the weekend I am having. This was a piece of much-needed advice for me. Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

  39. Lavanya

    Loved the unwind ideas! I am a CA too, glad to have come across your site.

  40. Ishieta

    the ukelele – oh my wow! how wonderful!
    I like the idea of focusing on 2-3 things only over the weekend and spreading them out over weekends and taking some time off to just relax too. currently i am always stuffing every waking moment with chores !! i definitely need a weekend ritual!

  41. Nupur

    I guess I’m the one wearing many hats, and I do like to use the weekend to plan ahead. In fact, it’s a ritual I’ve incorporated into daily life, not just weekends. If I have a plan in place, then I’m sorted – so that’s my ritual for self care:)

  42. Kavita Singh

    I am a mix of a few categories you have mentioned. For me, the weekend is just for me and I indulge myself in all the activities that I love like painting or reading a book for hours πŸ™‚

  43. Sitharaam Jayakumar

    I need a weekend ritual more than anything. But I like to not have a ritual. I like to decide on what I am going to do on the weekend as and when it comes. So sometimes I write, sometimes I go jogging and so on. So I tend to keep it flexible rather than rigid. Your is a very good post explaining the need for a weekend ritual.


    Loved all the suggestions dear and the weekend one is so true and must do

  45. Neha Sharma

    I do have a weekend ritual but it keeps on changing with changing goals. There are weekends that are solely dedicated to family and everything else takes a backseat. But yes, I agree one should have a weekend ritual. Great post!

  46. Surbhi prapanna

    Loved the post and I agree weekend rituals are must and personally I think it should be a mixed of getting enough rest and trying something new. When we over do things it take away joy and more seems like only a task or to do thing.

  47. Rakhi Parsai

    I fall under option number 3 wherein I feel overburden by the responsibilities at home. But I do realize how I need to have a weekend ritual to just relax myself

  48. Cindy Dsilva

    I think I come under number 6. I just sleep through or relax on the weekend without any stress.

  49. Tina Sequeira

    Ranjini, I could relate to a couple of categories you listed. I need to have a weekend ritual, now that you mention it. Self-care is important. πŸ™‚ #MyFriendAlexa #TinaReads

  50. Tina Basu

    The weekend ritual is very important. Self-love and self-care are very important to me. If I cant keep myself happy, I can’t keep anyone happy!

  51. LifeCoachPreet

    I like the options shared by you. I totally love our weekend ritual.We indulge inn board games and some binge watching.

  52. Amritha Srinath

    Oh, that’s a great categorization of weekend people. Unfortunately I belong to the 3rd category and weekends just keep me on the move. But as you have written, I actually need to calm and relax a bit

  53. Seema Bardeskar

    A weekend ritual is definitely required and you have some very interesting ideas.

  54. Ujjwal Mishra

    This concept is new for me, however liked it to the core. Will try it from this weekend only.

  55. Parul Malhotra

    I miss my weekend ritual even more now. I wish to get it back soon.

  56. vartika

    I would say thanks for the great tips and a reminder also, i fall into the third category and shall try to remind myself of this post.

  57. Judy

    wow technically you have classified all people so well in these categories. I guess everyone can relate to one or the other category from this list. The solutions are even more interesting.

  58. Afreen Ansari

    Weekend rituals and the suggestions are quite interesting. It’s always about finding time to do what you love

  59. Jyoti Jha

    We deserve to feel good about ourselves every once in a while, and this weekend ritual seems to just about do that! I would surely love to indulge in this. I love to paint, write and read. Refreshing post!

  60. Chinmayee Gayatree sahu

    The weekend is precious and indulging in self-care & self-love works best for me. your suggestions are great and a very nice write up actually.

  61. Madhu Bindra

    This is such an important topic. These days people work 7 days a week and burn out quickly. Sundays are meant to rest and recuperate.

  62. Ninu Nair

    This was such a lovely post, especially to be reading it on a weekend. Loved the suggestions!

  63. Anahita Irani

    The weekend ritual is so important, coz I owe it to myself. Loved reading your post through

  64. Manas Mukul

    Work life balance is very important especially in the present where the weekdays are truly frantic. Weekend gives the perfect time to work on your hobbies and things that make you happy. Lovely list. Keep the good work going.

    #MyFriendAlexa #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

  65. Deepa Gandhi

    Your post inspired me to chalk out some relaxing time. I am someone who dons many hats so I guess I can use some me time.

  66. Ginia

    Lovely ideas Ranjini. I dont really need a ritual but I make sure that I get all pending housework done as well as get my me time in the weekends.

  67. writenlive

    I dont like to sleep through the weekend but I found myself in every other category. Yes, weekends are stressing me out. This post is prodding me to come up with a plan πŸ™‚

  68. Nazish Kondkari

    I for once have started feeling i should not bother about work and growth of my social media page and blog on weekends and relax. But somehow it seems so impossible. I need a big time vaccation..

  69. Trablogger

    I agree with your point of having a weekend ritual. But what do you think about looking at our days weekdays and weekends and allotting some personal time only for just 2 days in a week out of our lives? Aren’t we buying into the idea of our life is the career that we chose and the work that we do on the weekdays? I understand taking up a job is essential in this society setting to ‘live’. But aren’t we just getting more and more into without an escape if we decide to celebrate ourselves on the weekends alone? Even I’m confused about this idea. So I was simply thinking out loud. What do you think?

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