on the east coast, we are experiencing what they call a "snow day" - for all my California peeps - it's a day where everything shuts down cause there's snow EVERYWHERE! self explanatory but just to emphasize how new these are to me! it's magical :D (at least to my haven'tshoveledsnowenoughtimestohateityet self). schools are closed and my classes for today were cancelled while people get tucked in from the weather.
my partner and i made popcorn, played games and watched a movie, getting as much rest out of today as possible. it reminded me of a few months back when i scheduled no-obligation days/ times (like a home vacation). on these days or during those times, i would turn off my phone, do only things i wanted to do like paint, ride my bike around the city, go for a hike, read, meet with friends, etc. the only rule was, i could not make ANY commitments to anyone for that time. it was liberating to feel free of obligation and to create in ways that weren't work related. it made going back into work mode more productive, focused and rewarding because:
1. i had scheduled time to chill so knew i was going to have time to chill
2. i could enjoy my accomplishments and hard work in the time i dedicated to relaxing
3. i got to do things i really wanted to do but never felt like i could take time off to do (like leisurely ride a bike around the city, read or meet up spontaneously with friends for dinner)
this snow day reminded me that planning and dedicating myself fully to chill time (scheduling and actually doing it) made my work time and my chill time more productive. there are definitely obligations that prevent us from having chill time at all the times we might like or plan for, but planning can make it more likely that it will happen.
a thought that also come up when planning my chill/ me time is, "maybe i haven't really worked hard enough to break." this way of thinking is super unproductive for relaxing. in talking with people, i've found there can be guilt or shame attached to being "unproductive." if you are similar to me in this thinking, try calling your chill/ me time highly productive relaxing. :)
sending chill vibes your way and hope you are able to create spaces of freedom wherever you are right now,