I'm someone who finds it extremely difficult to switch off. I rarely have a day of doing nothing and my "days off" are never actually days off. There are times where I don't have a day off for weeks on end, weeks where I get by on minimal sleep and despite me choosing to do this, it does catch up with you after a while. I'm definitely a workaholic and this was particularly true throughout last year but during my busy exam period, I learnt that sometimes, you can push yourself too hard. Days off and chill days are absolutely essential for our productivity, our mental health and our physical health. Since making a conscious effort to actually sit down and just chill the eff out, I've felt so much better and have actually been so much happier in myself, my work and my blog and this is how I've been doing it.
DRESS DOWNIf you've ever met me in real life, you'll know I'm always overdressed. I just don't do casual and a lot of the time, what I consider to be my "lazy" outfits are what other people consider to be their smart outfits. I recently invested in my first ever pair of joggers after having an aversion to them for years and I've never looked back. There's just something so comforting about wearing clothes that feel as comfortable as pyjamas but still look super cool and laid-back. I've now got my eye on some ladies joggers from the King of casual wear Jack Wills and I'm thinking about treating myself when payday comes around. They have my ideal fit for joggers with skinny legs, simple designs and a super modern feel to them, making them the perfect pair of joggers to fill the casual shaped hole in my wardrobe.
TURN OFF THE SCREENSYes I know that we are all permanently glued to the internet (slow internet connection is a form of emotional torture these days right?!) but sometimes, it's healthy to just get rid of the technology and have a social media black out, even if it is only for a few hours. For me, constantly sitting on my laptop or my phone can make my brain feel saturated and it makes me so stressed out especially if I'm tired or have had a long day too. Turn off the TV, unplug your laptop and do something that doesn't involve the internet. I personally like to read something like The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, a book that will most likely change your life. I'm not finished it yet but it's a welcome escape and a calming way to try and declutter my life and move away from the highly intense nature of social media and today's online world.
DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE
I used to be guilty of allowing hobbies to take a back seat. I'd put work, work and more work before everything I loved and although work does have to come first in a lot of instances, you have to get the balance. I've been making an effort to get back into my hobbies, to stop my life literally revolving around my jobs and my workload and I can't describe how much better I feel for it. I've been baking again (as you'll have probably noticed by my recent recipes and tweets!) and it's been so therapeutic to just take my mind off the serious things and do something genuinely fun! You can check out what I've been creating in my food section if you want to bake yourself but it could be something as simple taking up jogging on a morning or learning how to knit. The possibilities are endless if you just make some time!
DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHINGYou know when you're absolutely desperate to get some work done or get an essay written and you spend the next four hours looking at videos of cats on YouTube? Yep, that's procrastination baby. I think a lot of the time we're all too scared to actually do nothing so we trick ourselves into thinking we're doing work and being productive when actually...we're doing the total opposite. If you do take some time, even a couple of hours, to veg out and watch the TV, have a nap or do something else totally pointless, it'll actually motivate you to do work instead of the opposite as you won't be looking for excuses not to the work like you were before. Doing nothing is good for the soul sometimes!
What's your favourite thing to do on a lazy day?
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