It can be very difficult to take some time for yourself in today’s busy world. Then if you do find yourself with time at home, you can find yourself flailing, struggling to find something to do. One of the problems here is that we live in times where we always need to feel as though we are being productive, yet this is just a recipe for burnout. We need to prioritize our own needs and we need to be able to unwind and relax, so today we are sharing with you a few suggestions of ways to do this, 3 things you can do for yourself today.
Find your people
Connecting with others is fundamentally good for us. We are social creatures, even the introverts amongst us, and as such we will always get a boost when we spend time with others. Along with our friends and family, it can be fun to expand your social circle by finding ‘your people’.
Whether you are interested in all things spycraft, you spend your time gardening or you are a real bookworm, there are going to be huge communities right there ready for you to connect with.
Most hobbies and passions will have an online following, so you might find forums dedicated to your interests, or you might be able to take to social media and use hashtags to find others enjoying the same things as you do.
Learn something new
Learning new things is great for our confidence, creativity and concentration, along with the enjoyment gained from the new talent or knowledge acquired.
This need not be about undertaking a full college degree, though go for it if that’s what’s on your mind. It could be as simple as following along with a few online drawing tutorials, picking up a book about bears or taking a local photography course.
Think about those subjects or activities that always seem to draw you in and then take a look around for a suitable way to learn more about them. It can be useful to test the waters first, to ensure that this is the topic for you. You might choose to start small, perhaps an introduction on YouTube and then build up your knowledge from there, progressing onto courses or classes if your interest develops further.
Relax and recharge
How about doing absolutely nothing? How often would you say that you do that? To have a day, unplanned and unscheduled and take it slowly, and as it comes? This is great for getting some inner peace and slowing yourself down.
It can be easy to fall into the trap of feeling that you have to make the most of your free time by cramming it full of activities. However, from time to time, our minds and bodies need just the opposite of that. We need to completely relax and recharge.
Find yourself an afternoon, a day, or even better, a whole weekend, with nothing planned other than relaxing. You might read a book, take a long bath, try some yoga, cook a new meal from scratch, have a lie in or binge watch a boxset. Do whatever you want to do to help your mind and body switch off and rejuvenate.