Everyone has heard the saying, ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ This means that without time off from work or taking the necessary breaks, a person will become both bored and boring. When it’s time to clock out for the day or even for the weekend, that means it’s time to relax and enjoy a little ‘you’ time!
Due to the recent pandemic, almost everyone is working from home lately. Remember, that doesn’t mean you have to work later hours. I know it’s hard because the work is right there, but the most important thing is to try and stick to as normal of a schedule as possible. If you normally work until 5, stop working at 5, and enjoy some relaxing time.
You’re probably wondering what you can even do besides catch up on work when you are stuck inside, but there are actually quite a few things that can either keep you busy or help you relax.
1. Watch a movie
This seems pretty simple and obvious, but it’s an easy way to just hang out and take a load off at the end of the day. It is the perfect time to catch up on your favorite TV series or a new movie.
2. Cook a new recipe
This isn’t for everyone, but who knows maybe you’ll find mixing together some ingredients into a bowl is enjoyable. Make a new recipe that you have been wanting to try and have the family be the judges on whether it is on or off the menu.
3. Read a book
I know your first thought is “boring”, but it can actually be pretty relaxing. If you find the right book that really grabs your attention and keeps you turning the page, all of a sudden you’re done. I find the best books to keep me engaged are mystery thrillers and I always try to figure out who did it before the book tells me.
4. Exercise or Yoga
I mean what else is there to do when you’re stuck inside. I’m not saying it needs to be a crazy weight lifting competition or anything, but a walk around the block or a little at-home workout in your living room can be an easy way to relax and decompress after the end of a long workday.
5. Play board games
This is usually easier with a group of people so grab the family and pull out the board games. Monopoly, puzzles, Sorry, whichever you like. This is perfect to get the family together for a little friendly competition. Make sure there aren’t any sore losers.
6. Happy hour on a video call
I know you are missing your friends and family so put together a happy hour video call where everyone brings their favorite cocktail and gets to chit chat with everyone. This is a great way to stay socialized and catch up with all of your friends.
Working from home can be dangerous cause the work is right there, but you don’t want to burn yourself out! Clock out and take some time for yourself. Try a couple of these suggestions and let us know if they work for you or if you have any other ideas that have kept you going during the quarantine.