You know the days I’m talking about right? You wake up late, you had planned to go to the gym or clean your house and now it’s lunchtime and you can’t be bothered moving so you roll over, fire up the TV/laptop/tablet and start catching up on your favourite TV shows, before you know it’s 5pm and you’ve done nothing all day. What a waste, right?
Wrong! Sometimes we just need a break and that’s ok. Resting is self care and we don’t have to be productive all the time. Social media has made us all obsessed with documenting all the fun and productive things we get up to over the weekend and comparing ourselves to our friends and colleagues. Just because Karen from Accounts was climbing Ben Nevis and Bruce from Marketing was at a whole foods market in North London doesn’t mean that you can’t have a day at home lounging around in your pants. You do you.
This weekend I was wiped out. On Saturday morning I got up at a reasonable hour and went walking with my friend Megan in the Aberdeenshire countryside. It wasn’t a challenging walk. It was probably around 2 hours and we were home by lunchtime yet afterwards I was so exhausted I spent the rest of the day in bed. By 7pm I was starting to come to and realised that I’d “wasted” the afternoon and thought I should definitely go to the party I was invited to at night but I just couldn’t do it. Instead of beating myself up about it I fired up Netflix and finished watching Dear White People. If that’s not a Saturday night well spent I don’t know what is.
The weekend is a chance to re-charge and allowing yourself to do that is not a waste. It’s essential, especially if you are suffering from any kind of ill health, be that mental or physical. What have you done to relax this weekend? Let me know in the comments.