8 Ways to Detox After a Rough Work Week

It’s been a week. The early mornings and late nights at the office have meshed into one big blur. Your body aches. So does your mind.

So when you leave work in a haze Friday, what can you do to detox before you come back Monday?

We asked the Young Entrepreneur Council, “How do you de-stress after a hectic week at work?” to find out.

1. Spend time with family and friends.

Let’s not forget about what’s important in life. If you work around the clock, you’ll burn out. At the end of the day, success is balance, happiness and relationships that matter. Besides, the best ideas often come from a rested, happy mind.

—Allie Siarto, Allie Siarto & Co. Photography

2. Let your subconscious do the problem-solving.

Sometimes I have my biggest breakthroughs through passive thinking. I actually find this type of thinking liberating. Divert your attention to something else in order to let your subconscious break through to an answer. You might find the solution you’ve been looking for while exercising, driving or even sleeping.

—Ross Resnick, Roaming Hunger

3. Reflect on your performance.

Give yourself a weekly performance review for both your personal and professional goals. Did you accomplish them? How did you handle tough decisions? Could you have improved a specific conversation? What are you going to do different next week? Allow your brain to dissect and reflect on your performance so that you can improve week over week.

—Faraz Khan, Go Direct Lead Generation

4. Disconnect as much as possible.

Taking a mental break from work and a digital detox will give you more brainpower for the following week. If you can afford to disconnect for even one day, I strongly recommend it. You’ll undoubtedly make up for it in performance in the first hour back to work on Monday.

—Reuben Yonatan, GetVoIP

5. Read something.

Reading something (whether it’s a blog post or a novel) that you enjoy is a great way to go to another world, to absorb wisdom, and to help you improve yourself and your work.

—Kenny Nguyen, Big Fish Presentations

6. Sleep in.

Saturday is the only day where my alarm doesn’t go off.  Even if it’s for 30 or 60 minutes longer than usual, I like the feeling of waking up to my kids playing or asking about breakfast rather than the chime of a digital device.

—David Ciccarelli, Voices.com

7. Cook a meal.

The simple ritual of cooking a meal forces us to slow down and really connect with what we eat. So often during the week, we’re so busy that it’s easy to just grab some processed food, shovel it in and go. That’s not healthy or appreciative. Taking the time to prepare a delicious, healthy meal is also a great way to connect with friends, family and loved ones.

—Dave Nevogt, Hubstaff.com

Don’t get stuck in an unhealthy daily grind. Check out 13 ways to take care of yourself every day, not just on weekends.


Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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