Regardless of the pandemic or no pandemic, taking a day off from work is bliss. Taking a day off might not seem like a priority amid a global pandemic, particularly when widespread lockdown measures have limited downtime to the confines of our own home, but not taking any time out could be detrimental to productivity. Before pandemics & lockdown became normal parlance for us, taking a day off could mean that you could spend time with yourself & family.
Although, in today's situation, taking a day off might just mean spending a day at home not working for most of us, but for essential workers, there are barely any "off " days in the last year. For them, an off day from work spent at home is a blessing. We must seize this time at home is a luxury not everyone has. Even for us, who are working from home constantly for over a year now, need that day off and we need to make it count. The constant need to be dynamic, working towards & achieving our goals takes an emotional toll on all of us. We push ourselves too hard even without realizing it, even on a weekend we seldom give ourselves a real break. Weekends also come with a mental checklist to finish all our chores, spend time with our family, complete grocery shopping and catch up with friends. Even if we can't complete some of these activities, we end up yelling at ourselves and don't let ourselves relax and recharge.
Now, even though our options might seem limited to staying at home, crashing on the couch, and binging entire seasons of the latest series but there is so much more to do. All it takes a change in attitude to ensure that you make most of your time and overcome the boredom and shake off that feeling of unproductiveness.
There is an attitudinal difference in approaching an off day as a self-care day and help yourself relax. Here are a few ideas for How I spend a relaxing day off from work.
At the end of the day, it is important that you do what you can to unplug and enjoy the day. You may face that initially it's more difficult than it sounds because of our constant need for updates on social media and emails even on an off day, it is a tough habit to break but it comes with trying over and over but is highly rewarding.
“Though some may consider “doing nothing” unproductive, a lack of downtime is bad for our well-being, because idle time allows our default network to make sense of what we’ve recently experienced or learned.” – Leonard Mlodinow.