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How to Survive Being a Weekend Warrior

Alright... this is going to be a big one, so buckle up.

I know burnout is anything but rare. It seems like everyone is burnt out all the time. I know for me, burnout started in university and then spiraled into something far worse when the pandemic started. It's cliche, but the outdoors is how I healed.

Until I started making content and getting paid to do it on the side of my already full-time job, that is.

Wait, what do I mean by that? Well...

I LOVE creating content, both for myself and for brands, adventuring, and sharing it all!

So, what am I getting at?

I'm a weekend warrior. This means that I work a traditional 9-5 and do all my adventuring on the weekend or on time off provided from work. With being a weak warrior on social media, the FOMO and comparison can be intense. I am living it right now. It's gotten to be a lot, and I feel like I'm missing out constantly because I'm not a full-time traveler. Missing out on views, brand deals, friendships - the whole thing.

Who else is a weekend warrior?!

  • 0%I am! 🙋🏻‍♀️

  • 0%no ma’am

It gets incredibly tiresome sometimes. There is SO much on my plate. I am talking about a full-time job, content on the side, and an endless desire for adventure. Not to mention the desire to always be on an adventure. And then I'm supposed to fit in cleaning my house? Forget about it. I forget to rest, and then burnout settles in.

I know a lot of you can relate.

SO here are 4 of my tried and true ways to help combat all the negative things that come along with trying to find harmony with life and being a weekend warrior.

  1. Take yourself on a weeknight date.

This can mean anything! Do something that fills your cup up. For me, I like to go watch the sunset by the lake, but you can do ANYTHING. Do you like painting? Grab a canvas and paint a little. Do you like to walk? Grab a to-go mug of your favourite warm drink and go for a walk.

  1. Take a break.

This one is going to be tough but TAKE A BREAK, GUYS. Rest. Let your body recoup. Pick a slower weekend and do some de-cluttering, or simply just be. Sit on your couch and just rest. If you don't do this at least once in a while, you will burn out, and burn out HARD.

  1. Take up a hobby that keeps you active and doesn't require hours of your day.

Adventuring is a time-consuming thing. I mean that with all the love in my heart, but it is. Adventures can take all day! You drive a couple of hours for a trail that takes a couple of hours, and then you go home, which also takes a couple of hours. Sometimes you're looking at an 8-hour day there! That's hard to maintain. Maybe pick up a weeknight hobby that keeps your body moving. For me, it's climbing.

  1. Plan out an adventure for the future.

It doesn't have to be a massive one, but knowing that something is coming up helps me let go of some of the FOMO I might be experiencing. Plan a hike, a camping trip, or a road trip!

I have more tips too, so maybe part 2 is coming soon?!

Until then, you've got this weekend warriors!

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