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 “down times.” I’ll find myself writing up drafts on Sundays (currently guilty of that right now), emailing sponsors on Saturdays, and editing photos in the middle of a date night with B. It can be a challenge to truly disconnect and just enjoy a day of rest, but I’ve also found that it can be incredibly healthy to do so. Whether you’re a blogger or not, here is my guide to making the most of your day off.
I find I’m the most accepting of my day off if I’ve scheduled it into my calendar ahead of time. Expecting a day or evening of the week to be work-free helps me mentally prepare to turn off and live in the moment. It also helps me make plans to get my work accomplished in advance so I can truly relax without worrying about a deadline.
Wear comfy clothes
A day off, especially if spent at home, should be as comfortable as possible. Stay in your pajamas all day, because who says you can’t? Or get yourself some new cozy digs. I found that this ballet sweater from Wooden Ships is the best “day off” piece. It’s the softest cotton material, and I can literally throw it on over a bralette, and still appear put together. So I don’t have to be embarrassed if the mailman comes to the door and I’m not fully dressed. This piece can also be worn as the perfect bikini cover-up if you’re spending your day off at the beach, or wear it untied over a dress for a no-work-allowed date night!
Feel young again
When you were a teenager in high school, what did you do on your day off? You shoved away your homework and hit up the mall, the nail salon, the movie theater, or the ice cream shop and forgot all your cares. For me, I loved to curl up with my current magazine read (usually Cosmo), take all the quizzes, and then use the outfit inspiration from whoever the cover star was on my afternoon shopping trip. Sometimes it’s during your day off that you will find the most inspiration. Write those things down while you’re relaxing, but don’t put them into motion until the next work day.
Treat yo-self. I mean, but really. Indulging doesn’t necessarily mean spending. DIY some face masks, 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. Or, if you have it in your budget, treat yourself to a mini shopping spree (don’t forget to buy yourself the Wooden Ships ballet sweater) and get the venti at Starbucks. You deserve to be rewarded after all your hard work.
Do something new
I love discovering a new interest on my days off. Sometimes I’ll find a craft on Pinterest to try out, I’ll visit a new cafe in the city, I’ll head to a greenhouse and get myself a new plant, or I’ll even 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 it creative, this might end up being something you add to your regular schedule. I love to read a chapter in a book each night before bed, and that love started on my days off in school when I was younger!
Go on an adventure
If you have the capability, go somewhere on your day off. It doesn’t have to be far. I have a few places I’m hoping to explore over the next few weeks, and each one is only about an hour and a half away. Throw on your Wooden Ships ballet sweater, pack a picnic lunch, grab your boyfriend, your best friend, or your dog, and escape for the afternoon. Blast some throwback tunes in the car, and keep the conversation topics away from work!
This one is the most important, and probably the one you’ve heard the most as well! I’m not saying to completely turn off your phone (although props to you if you have that kind of willpower), I’m just saying to avoid the stressers. For me, that means I don’t open my emails, I don’t check my Instagram followers, and I don’t read my messages on Facebook. Sometimes it means I’ll only post once on social media in a day, when I typically post twice. You also don’t need to record everything you do. This one is the most challenging for myself because I tend to Insta story literally everything – but it can truly 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 things to document, but on a day off, it’s of utmost importance to just LIVE LIFE.
These are just a few of the “guidelines” I follow on my days off, and they have helped me recharge and feel inspired when I go back into my work the next day. What do you do to wind down?
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