Does anyone else have a hard time deciding how to spend their day off?
As someone that works full time from home, I can get in the habit of blending together my work days and my weekends or other “downtime.” I’ll find myself writing blog drafts on Sundays, emailing campaign managers on Saturdays, or editing photos in the middle of a date night. It can be a challenge to truly disconnect and just enjoy a day of rest (without pushing myself to do errands or other adulting tasks), but I’ve also found that it’s really necessary to prioritize time for myself.
How to Spend Your Day Off
Schedule It In Advance
I find I’m the most accepting of time off if I schedule it into my calendar ahead of time. When I anticipate a day or evening to be work-free, it helps me mentally prepare to turn off and live in the moment. It also motivates me to get my work accomplished in advance so I can truly relax without worrying about any deadlines.
Hop Into Comfy Clothing
A day off, especially if spent at home, should be as comfortable as possible. Stay in your pajamas all day, because no one says you’re not allowed. If you typically dress nicely each day for your job, this helps separate a day off from a workday! Investing in luxurious loungewear or cute pjs is also a great mood-booster!
When you were a teenager in high school, what did you do on your day off? If you were anything like me, you put away your homework and hit up the mall, nail salon, movie theater, or ice cream shop and forgot all your cares. I also enjoyed curling up with a book if I chose to stay at home. Escaping from the real world into a fantasy novel or cute romance is just what I often need.
Keep in mind that indulging doesn’t necessarily mean spending. DIY a face mask, paint your toenails, and eat a whole bag of Dove dark chocolates (or learn from my mistake and don’t – just eat half the bag) while binge-watching your favorite show. If you have it in your budget, treat yourself to a mini shopping spree and splurge on the large drink at your favorite café. You deserve to be rewarded after all your hard work.
Try Something Brand New
I love discovering a new interest on my days off. Sometimes I’ll find a craft on Pinterest to try out. I often visit a new café in the city. I enjoy visiting a greenhouse and get myself a new plant. Sometimes I just go to the library to borrow a new book. You never know what you’ll be able to enjoy on your day off, but keep mixing it up because you may discover a project that you want to work on, long-term, or a café to visit more often.
Go On An Adventure
If you have the capability, go somewhere on your day off. It doesn’t have to be far. Sometimes my husband will hop in the car with me and just drive to a nearby park. Other times, we take a day-trip to a city within an hour’s distance to explore. Blast throwback tunes in the car, and keep the conversation topics away from everyday work!
This one is the most important, and probably the one you’ve heard the most. I’m not saying to completely turn off your phone (although props to you if you have that kind of willpower) – I’m saying to avoid the stress triggers. For me, that means I don’t open my emails or spend hours scrolling on social media. Pro tip: don’t film everything you do for your stories. This one is challenging for me because my tendency is to document literally everything. However, it can get exhausting, feeling the need to capture every moment. One of the best feelings ever is when there’s a sunset, and my phone is in the car, and I actually get to experience the glowing, golden sky, without holding a phone in front of my face. There will be other sunsets to capture on video, but when I take a day off, I need to prioritize living in the moment.