So how did I spend that day off?
I’d like very much to tell you that I spent my day taking long walks to see the last of the holiday lights, stirring together a new recipe, catching a matinee with my BFF, and then sharing a few glasses of wine with my dude. (In this fantasy I’m also wearing one of those outfits that’s simultaneously comfortable and cute.)
I did not finish out this day feeling even vaguely relaxed.
A relaxing day should look + feel totally different than a work day.My work day = social media, computer screens, lots of alone time, writing, Google docs, mid-day errands, lots of email checking.
My days off? Should not be filled with the same ever-loving things.My weekends are frequently filled with parties and friends. But they’re also filled with social media, writing, and a lot of email checking. It might be personal project I’m writing and tweets about my pre-party playlist, but it’s hard to fully decompress when the line between worktime and playtime is so blurry.
So while I’m not really one for resolutions (because I’m a dork who makes goals all year round), this year I’m going to try to relax right. I’m going to spend weekends at museums and music venues. I’m going to read books (like, the paper kind) and work on projects with my hands. If I eat junk food, it’s going to be really amazing junk food and if I watch something on a screen, it’s going to be a real screen – not my laptop sitting on my stomach.
I’m going to work harder to create a divide between the way I spend my time on and off the clock. I’m going to emerge from my weekend energized and inspired.
And not strung out from falling down an internet hole of Beyonce interviews.
Do you find yourself engaging in weekend behavior that’s not actually relaxing? What do you do that really helps you mellow out?