Things have been pretty stressful during the week lately, so by the time the weekend rolls around I haven’t felt like doing much of anything. We just bought a Nintendo Switch a few weeks ago, and needless to say I’ve been spending the majority of my free time playing Mario Kart and Zelda! Not the most productive way to spend a day, but it’s definitely helping me relax. And to be completely honest, I’m not feeling guilty about being lazy at all.
This year I’ve been putting a stronger focus on my mental health and it’s been working well so far. Even though I’m happy with my job, the majority of my anxiety and stress comes from my professional life. I’ve learned that taking a breather every weekend is much better for me than packing it full of things to do. I feel much more motivated and refreshed come Monday morning, which is a really healthy thing for my job performance.
The moment I realized that doing “nothing” all day could actually be beneficial was a life-changer. I used to utilize lazy days up until college. For some reason I turned into a bit of a workoholic (not that that’s necessarily a bad thing), and was neglecting my mental and physical health. They have me feeling a bit nostalgic as I used to take plenty of time off when I was younger! So whether it’s playing video games, reading a book, browsing blogs, or binge-watching Netflix, I’ve really come to enjoy my lazy days. They’re an easy, peaceful way to escape reality for a bit. I find myself not focusing on my stress as much.
I’ve also realized it’s silly that the way our society is set up makes you feel guilty that you’re not constantly working or doing something “more valuable” with your time. We all need a break now and then, especially when things are feeling particularly stressful. I personally feel that I’ve benefitted so much from taking time for myself, and I’m not planning on letting go of my lazy days anytime soon!