How To Enjoy Your Time Off
Depending on your mindset, time off can be either a blessing or a curse. We get so used to running on life’s treadmill, it can leave us restless and confused when we are forced to slow down. Instead of worrying about how to get through a few days when your usual routine is just impossible, perhaps it would help to reverse your mindset and start seeing time off as valuable. In case you are not too sure where to start, here are a few pointers to help you enjoy a few days staying at home.
1. Handle Some Chores
It’s alright to think days off are all about having fun and relaxing a little, but there’s nothing wrong in handling an errand or two that might have been waiting around for some time. One idea is to get organized and fit a multiple of irritating errands into a single block of time. For instance, you could spend a couple of hours clearing out the kitchen cupboards and tackle the laundry at the same time. Batching unavoidable tasks will make life easier, just as ignoring them forever creates chaos.
2. Don’t Over Relax
The idea is to manage your time off efficiently, and it helps if you understand the importance of staying active. Physical movement keeps you in touch with your inner senses. It will reduce health risks, strengthen your muscles and boost your mood. Those who love working out at the gym won’t need much motivation, but even if you’re not a fitness freak, low-intensity exercise such as gentle walking can improve your overall quality of life. Why not use your time off to think seriously about how to address your health and level of fitness?
3. The Best Way To Recharge
Time off offers the ideal opportunity to recharge your batteries and return to your work routine with extra zeal and passion. However, this doesn’t always mean socializing more or doing whatever it is others are doing. While some people feel energized after spending time with friends and family, others feel reset and relaxed after quality alone time. The trick is to not feel embarrassed or succumb to pressures to join in, instead, decide how you want to relax and spend your time off and go for it.
4. Pay Attention To Your Diet
Whether you’re taking a couple of days off or you’re on an extended leave, never underestimate the importance of carrying on with a healthy and balanced diet. It’s easy to confuse time off with the freedom to eat whatever you want and spend free time overindulging. Although you can go for an occasional treat or decadent meal, don’t overdo it to the point where it changes your body chemistry and affects you negatively.
What you choose to eat will help handle things better and that includes your alcohol and stimulant use too. It’s common for people to turn to caffeine or alcohol when they’re stressed or bored, tired, or even too relaxed. Enjoying these in moderation wouldn’t hurt, but relying on them excessively will affect your state of mind and even contribute to health issues down the line.
5. Make More Time For Hobbies
If you don’t already have a hobby, time off is the perfect time to start a new one. You can try anything that captures your interest. Try using the silence to your advantage and learn to knit, sew or paint or write, or simply catch up on your must-read list. It’s even a good time to learn how to cook. Whatever you have in your mind, try it now because without having to worry about distractions.
6. Be Your True Self
It’s actually harder than you might think to just be yourself. People have to play different roles in life and it gets easy to forget who you truly are. You may be thinking you can’t do certain things, but an evening by yourself trying may change that way of thinking and help you discover you could do the things you always wanted to, whether it’s dancing in your pajamas or watching embarrassing cartoon movies. Make your time off ‘me time’ and you’ll enjoy it even more.
7. Work On Relationships
Time off work could be the quality time you need to work on your relationships. Often people are just too busy to concentrate fully on the people that matter. Of course, you might not be able to fix everything in a couple of days, but the people you love you will still appreciate your effort. Just taking the time to talk and be together strengthens relationships and could simplify your personal life.
8. Stay Away From The Phone
To enjoy your time fully, you’ll have to resist the temptation to check your phone. Checking emails and messages defeats the purpose of alone time. Put the cell phone out away until you can use it productively.
Even when enjoying time off it is important to have some sort of routine. It’s how human beings function best. The people who find days off the most difficult tend to be those who have trouble adapting. They experience a strange sort of guilt because they consider themselves not working. It makes it hard to switch off and relax. In a few of the more unfortunate, the feeling is so unfamiliar it can even trigger a panic attack. What they struggle to grasp is that there are other things to work on in life. In short, time off doesn’t need to be seen as time wasted just because the office is shut.