This Cheap & Simple Weekend Routine Can Help You Reset

The Wandering Elf
by The Wandering Elf

I have a weekend reset routine that helps me to re-energize my body, mind, and spirit. All the things I do are effective, cheap, simple, and minimalist. I have been working on simplifying my life, and this includes simplifying my schedule and defining my priorities, even on the weekend. I’m learning to put on hold things that are less important or not essential.

My weekend morning routine

I decided to do a weekend reset because I have been feeling burned out from taking on so many commitments. I haven’t been setting healthy boundaries at work, which compromised my sleep schedule and health overall.

Though I appreciate my work and my relationship with clients and teammates, there are also other aspects of my life that need my attention, such as my family, friends, personal health, and well-being.

So, one weekend, I made it my priority to give my body, mind, and spirit the attention they needed. After giving so much of my time and energy to others, I needed to come back to myself and have this much-needed reset. Here’s the daily routine I followed one weekend:

Doing yoga


I started off my weekend morning routine with yoga. I began with the sun salutation pose to give my body the gentle stretch it needed to start off the day. I then went into a headstand to improve blood circulation, stimulate blood flow and enhance my focus. I ended my practice with a savasana pose to wrap up my yoga practice for the day.

Weekend reset routine

Breathwork and meditation

Breathwork and meditation

I had gotten into the habit of grabbing my phone first thing in the morning to check my email and other work-related things. But I found this practice was unhealthy for me. It triggered my stress response and put me on edge for the rest of the day.

So, I began to change this habit by doing breathwork and grounding practices upon waking up. I have also been putting my phone and tablet away instead of putting it underneath my pillow before I go to sleep, so I keep distractions as far away from me as possible. 

Matcha powder

Making matcha

Drink matcha 

After my morning yoga and meditation, I made myself a cup of hot matcha. I love matcha as it is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals while at the same time it gives me a boost of energy and mental clarity. I also made yummy pumpkin seed milk for my matcha.

Reading a book

Read a book

I’m currently reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, “You Are Here,” which I have already read twice before and am re-reading because it is full of rich teachings and inspiration.

It’s one of my favorite books that reminds me to come back to the present moment whenever I’m feeling stressed or exhausted. I read this book during my weekend reset, too.

Create new recipes

The kitchen is my happy place at home, and I find cooking or preparing a meal stress-relieving and therapeutic. During my weekend reset routine, I made some chocolate granola and pancakes topped with plant-based whipped cream. Here are the recipes.

Chocolate granola recipe

Chocolate granola recipe


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder


  • Roast the oats and almonds, and set aside in a bowl.
  • Heat the coconut oil and add the sugar and cocoa powder. Add in the oats and almonds and stir well to combine with the chocolate. 
  • Transfer to a lined plate and allow to cool before putting it into a jar with a lid.
Oat and chia pancakes

Oat and chia pancakes


  • 1½ cups oat flour (I make this by grinding rolled oats in the blender)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder


  • Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine with the milk and cook in a pan. 
Weekend reset in nature

Spending time in nature

Enjoy nature

Just before sunset, my partner and I took a quick ride in nature and checked out this new restaurant at the top of the hill. I felt so blessed that weekend to be surrounded by so much beauty.

Cheap and simple weekend routine

So that was my weekend reset–nothing extraordinary, but it was simple and nourishing.

I hope you’ll find it in your day to have a personal reset, especially to decompress after a busy and stressful day or week. It can help bring you back to the essentials while enriching your relationship with your inner self and the people around you.

It also comes down to simplifying your life so you have time for what truly matters. By defining priorities and evaluating commitments, we only make room for things that give value to our lives. And we drop those that bring clutter and that helps to minimize our overall stress.

I like having a day or two where I can do anything I want and not have to plan it so strictly. What are your favorite ways of decompressing and resetting after a stressful day? I look forward to hearing from you soon and wish you a relaxing day or night.

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