Plan Your Next Chill Day


If you’re like most people, you probably only consider taking a day off when you’re sick and forced to stay in bed. But what about reserving a day to yourself just to relax and enjoy downtime? So many of us feel that if we aren’t being productive, we’re simply wasting time. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It’s so important to give yourself permission to slow down and just be.  

Having trouble sleeping, feeling anxious, sad, or low energy are all signs that you could use what experts call a “mental health day.” Another signal? You can’t shut your mind off when you’re home. Downtime is essential to recharge our batteries. Weekends don’t always work, especially if you have young kids or use those days to get errands done. It’s best to plan a day devoted exclusively to rest and relaxation, a day to make YOU a priority!

Technique of the week: Look at your calendar and pick a day—it can be even a few months out if necessary—to pause, regroup, and gain fresh perspective. Decide what you need: If you’re exhausted, stay in your pajamas and rest; if you’re anxious, consider taking a yoga class; if you need a change of scenery, go on a day trip or simply take a long walk in nature. Need some fun? Make plans with a friend. Whatever you do, DO NOT feel guilty about taking time for yourself. Remember, we are human BEINGS not human DOINGS! 

Linda Fears