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How to Take Back Your Weekends: The Life Changing Benefits of Taking Two Days Off

Updated: Jan 4

Do you get a two day vacation every week? 

Many of us do, typically on Saturdays and Sundays. But do you treat it like a vacation? 

Most of us do not, and that impacts our relationships and overall well-being. At least according to Katrina Onstad, the author of How to Take Back Your Weekends: The Life Changing Benefits of Taking Two Days Off. 

Take back your weekends

Modern Husbands Podcast

Ms. Onstad was our latest guest on the Modern Husbands Podcast. 

Katrina Onstad is also a Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated writer. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Toronto Life and The Walrus. She’s won several National Magazine Awards and was an American National Magazine Award finalist.

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Show Notes

0:00:00 Introduction

0:00:55 A history of where the weekend came from

0:06:00 What is pushing the shift to losing our weekends to work

0:10:22 How the weekend impacts the personal and relational happiness

0:17:22 Why weekends be framed in a similar way as vacations

0:23:12 Additional weekend happiness hacks to truly relax on the weekend

0:26:30 Where our listeners learn more about you or follow Katrina

0:27:38 Chores, screens, and shopping

0:29:12 One piece of easily actionable advice for our listeners

Three key lessons from How to Take Back Your Weekends

Value of Leisure Time

Leisure time, especially weekends, rejuvenates people. Dedicating time to leisure activities, hobbies, and relaxation is crucial for mental health, creativity, and overall well-being.

Counteract Overwork Culture

Challenge the prevailing culture of overwork that dominates modern society by being as good at your leisure time as you are at your labor. There are detrimental effects of constant busyness when you don’t establish clear boundaries around your work time. 

Social Connection and Happiness

The weekend should be a time to foster strong social connections. Spending quality time with friends, family, and engaging in social activities during the weekends contributes significantly to happiness and fulfillment.

Will you do what is needed to take back your weekends and treat them like weekly two-day vacations?


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