Have you ever come home at the end of a long day and had housework and chores staring you in the face? By the time you get your commute over and done with and all the household chores are finished, there’s never much of the day left to enjoy. You’re not the only person who has been there; most adults who have to deal with a long day at work and still have a house to run (family, kids, pets, etc.) never have very much time to just sit and be. The time left over for hobbies and things you might enjoy is then squeezed into the late evening or weekends; and often you’re just too tired to do the things you enjoy anymore because responsibility gets in the way. It’s a hideous reality, and it’s often the reason many adults wish they were children again, or younger at least.
Finding the time for yourself to rediscover what you love about life isn’t easy. It’s far easier to sink into bed and sleep an exhausted sleep instead. However, this isn’t what life is supposed to be about, life is short yall! Life is for living and you should be living to work, not working to live. It’s exactly why you need those hobbies and you need that time to just chill out; how else are you supposed to discover you? How else are you supposed to figure out what makes you calm? Self-care is so underrated and yet so important. You should be taking some time every single day to remind yourself that you have emotions to nurture and you have your own wants and needs outside of the office. Finding your calm is so important so that you can feel balanced and centred throughout your life. I remember when I was still working in the hospital and literally just feeling like I was working my life away. I woke up early, went to work, stayed working late, came home and worked some more, ate, slept, rinse & repeat. I was on call even when I wasn’t (managing a team means always being available) and even got work texts and emails when I would go on vacation (so not okay btw!). This cycle sent me into my huge tumble of self harm and depression – I had no escape and no room to breathe!
So – the first thing that you have to do is get your space at home ready for yourself. Find a room, or even a nook in the house, to make your own. You need somewhere you can go to just relax and recharge away from the hustle and bustle of chores or distractions. Personally my bedroom is my safe haven. I snuggle up with a book, some hot tea, or a movie I’ve been wanting to watch. As a kid I had a ginormous bean bag in my room, I could cuddle up in that thing for hours with a book! Now my Dad has one in my parent’s living room – it’s HUGE. Don’t these giant bean bags look insanely comfy? Next to your bean bag or your bed, wherever you choose to cuddle up, should be something that you enjoy. This could be a Kindle or even a large screen television with a range of films (hello Netflix!) and box sets for you to relax and enjoy. If you have the budget, a small refrigerator wouldn’t go amiss, either – instant snacks, yes please!
The next thing to do is to discover what you enjoy doing. Is it the gym? Painting? Shopping? Allocate yourself some promised time every week to rediscover the things in your life that you enjoy and don’t compromise that time. The cleaning can wait. Overtime at work can definitely wait. You need to remain a calm and confident human being, and you cannot be a functioning human if all your time and effort is spent in the workplace or doing chores. You matter. Your feelings and your emotions matter and you need to make the time in your life to cater to you.
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