The Art of Doing Nothing
This past weekend I did nothing, absolutely nothing. And to be perfectly honest, it was hard. Truly relaxing really is an art within itself. Being Type A, I am constantly challenging the notion of impossible perfection. Feeling like I have to do it all and do it to my absurdly high standards. But as any overachiever knows, this is just not reality.
I have been feeling incredibly exhausted lately and I knew that if I kept pushing it, I would make myself sick. To avoid this I decided to stay home and rest. I slept, read books, binge watched movies and totally vegged out. I was surprised by how much trouble I had fully letting myself relax. The little voice in my head kept saying, come on, there are things to do, people to see. I should be writing a blog post, seeing friends, exploring NYC with my fiancé, ANYTHING. I ignored that voice and by Sunday night I was finally fully relaxed.
We as a society are so connected, documenting every aspect of our lives to create a series of photos we deem to be appropriate to show on social media. With this feeling of being constantly connected comes a feeling of burnout. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love social media, Instagram is my favorite medium. Sharing photos is fun and I love knowing what is going on with friends and family that I don’t talk to every day. Sharing my life, my blog, outfits and more.
This got me thinking, I can’t be the only one to feel this way. The truth is, most people don’t have the option to completely veg out. Many had to work this weekend, take care of their kids or uphold responsibilities. I am lucky that I even had the option to rest in the comfort of my home.
I feel that this is an emotion that comes along with the connected generation and I for one plan on fighting it and giving myself “me time” whenever my body calls for it. The truth is, everything can wait. Mental and physical well being will always be my number one priority.
Do you let yourself fully relax or do you find it difficult? Let me know in the comments below!