I’m guilty of living a life where my brain, myself and everything around me travels at 100mph. I am also one of those people who feels guilty when they aren’t busy. I pretty much live in a catch 22.
I often spend my time longing for the days where I can sit around and do nothing. The days where you get up, sit on your sofa and switch off your brain and just appreciate relaxing. The last few times I’ve tried to take these days, my mind has been plagued with guilt that I should be doing something else; housework, socializing. blogging, job hunting and everything else in between. We live in a time where being busy seems successful and that you’re achieving, but in reality, doing too much means burning out and exhaustion.
I’m trying to give half an hour a day where it’s purely me time. It isn’t enough, at all, but for someone who constantly books up weekends, is out on the week nights or working full time and then working on my blog in the evening, it’s enough to keep me going. Well, it’s enough to keep me going until I can embrace the lazy days.
KNOW YOUR SIGNS
I’m starting to recogise the signs of when I’m about to burn out. It usually consists of me being extremely grumpy, tired, short tempered and being somewhat of a gremlin to live with. I become one of those people when you approach them, you approach with caution or throw a bowl of pasta covered with cheese to make them temporarily okay. When I start to notice these signs, I try and have an evening off or make sure I have a day at the weekend to recharge my batteries.
IT’S OK TO BOOK A DAY OFF WORK
I have this strange guilt of wanting to use my annual leave entitlement for fun and exciting things. Most people in the UK only get a precious few days of the year to use, so, using them just to sit around in bed in your PJs seems like a waste. But, when you do it and you don’t have to set your alarm clock. It’s the best thing ever. Treat yourself to a long weekend, or book off a Monday. Or, chill out on the weekend and make your annual leave your errands day.
I’m a known night owl and a sloth in the morning. Early mornings are not my friend, whereas, I’ll happily stay up until 1am in the morning. But, I still need to wake up at 7am every morning to go to work. What they say is true it’s not healthy to have very little sleep and it does take it’s toll. If I feel tired and I’m not doing anything productive I will just go to bed. Even if I can’t sleep, being in the darkness and being still means my mind is turning off and resting. It means I’m more refreshed to take on the world the next day too.
SAY NO TO PLANS
I never realise how busy my calander is until I really look at it. I constantly say yes to plans and before I know it, I’m out 3 times in a week. It’s a worry about letting people down mixed with a bit of FOMO. I never want to say to people who ask me to hang out with them that I’d just prefer to be sat in my trackies in my own house with my dog. But, it’s a necessity to say no at times. I’m thinking of ‘doing nothing’ at ‘me times’, which is just as an important plan as catching up with a friend over coffee!
We’re so caught up in living busy, fulfilling and perfect lives that we need to take care of ourselves too. Book the day off, take the nap and recharge.