I had a day off yesterday and I sat there thinking, ‘crap, what am I going to do today?’ and then oh, it’s going to be another one of those days where I watch Netflix and then feel guilty about it afterwards.
But I fought the urge. I picked up a book instead called ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ and I more or less finished it in one sitting. I knew it was a great book as it changed my perspective on a few things and it gave me a strong urge to have a cuppa. And it got me thinking about different ways I can spend my day off, productively of course. So here’s what I came up with.
- Read a book. I bet you saw that coming. Anyone that knows me is aware that I almost always have a book in my hand. I just like to read at every opportunity, even when I have other things I should be doing because as you know, reading is good for the soul. And it’s much more productive than staying in bed watching a film I’ve already seen half a dozen times. Plus, I’m so sick of looking at laptop screens all the time, it’s good to have a break.
- Go to a cafe. I have a thing for going to cafes. You can guess why. I like food. But I also like the atmosphere (It’s very hygge). It’s definitely the place to be if you like people watching, which I am guilty of.
- See a friend. I like to make a day of it so instead of just meeting for a couple of hours, I spend most of the day with a friend and we just talk and talk about anything and everything. That’s always nice. It’s usually a pub and like I said before, it’s a great atmosphere.
- Go out for a walk. Sometimes I use this opportunity to take photos for a blog post or Instagram. Don’t judge me, we all do it. I know that I’ve had a productive day off if I spend it exercising, mostly because I ache afterwards.
- Bake something. Most of us don’t have time for baking. Or sometimes we do have time, it’s just that we can’t be bothered. I’m the latter. But on my days off, I know that I don’t have an excuse. Apart from laziness, I don’t know why I don’t bake more often as I always find it relaxing, especially the recipes where you throw everything in a bowl and bam! It’s done.
- Rest up. Who said resting isn’t productive? By the time it’s the weekend I’m usually feeling tired so allowing myself a few hours longer in bed isn’t a big crime. It means I’ll have more energy for the following week. And sometimes I really don’t feel like going out and that’s OK.
There’s so much that can be done on your day off, but it’s up to you how you spend it. Just remember to take care of your Mental Health too. Don’t overwork.
How do you spend your days off?