One of the things in life that has always been the hardest for me to accept is that it’s okay to not always be working or doing something that is considered “productive”. That there is nothing wrong with spending an hour reading, an evening watching a movie, or just sitting around chatting with friends. I’ve seen other people talk about having this issue too. Where you almost feel guilty and beat yourself up for not working, or taking some time off.
Now being productive is always great, but you can’t be doing it all the time. You need time to do the other things in life that you enjoy, solely for the purpose of making yourself happy, and de-stress. So if you’re like me and you often beat yourself up about this, here are some of the ways I’m learning that time spent enjoyed is not time wasted.
Even if you enjoy the work you do, it’s still important to do other things you enjoy just for the sake of doing them, with no relation to work. If something brings you happiness, helps you relax, or de-stresses you, then you should never feel guilty for taking time out of your day to do it. Every day should be as enjoyable as possible, so if taking an hour or two to do something makes that possible, do it.
The things you enjoy doing in your spare time most likely will help you grow in some sort of way. If you’re like me and love to read, it helps your creativity and imagination, and it also helps you expand your vocabulary and discover new things. You also might even end up turning what you spend your time doing into a future career too. Make a list of all the ways the things you love doing can help you grow, and remind yourself of them every so often.
At the end of the day, your mental health is one of the most important things. And if you overwork yourself and never do anything else you enjoy, you’ll burn out. It’s actually more beneficial if you do take time off than to always be working. You’ll be more refreshed, happier, and more productive in your daily life.
And that is how I’m learning that time spent enjoyed is not wasted time! It’s all about balance. Finding the right balance for you of work and “play”. Try not to be hard on yourself. Become your own cheerleader over time and encourage yourself to spend evenings or free time doing what brings you happiness.
I’d love to know: do you struggle with this?