Get up, go to work, do some groceries shopping, clean the house, plan the meal, do the dishes, call your parents, meet up with friends, plan your week, don’t forget to turn off the oven, pay the bills, think what to do next, where to go, what to wear – all these are thoughts that occupy our minds 24/7. A subconscious noise and pressure putting us in a state of restlessness, making us stressed and unhappy, without us even realizing it.
While some of those worries are sometimes inevitable in our day to day existence, we just need to take a break from time to time.
Constant thinking, planing, worrying and analyzing that makes our lives so busy that we feel guilty and anxious if we just take one afternoon to lie down, put our legs up on the wall, stare at the ceiling and do nothing. As this is what I plan to do next, this post is not going to be long. I am going to perform a small experiment and I challenge you to do the same with me.
It’s very simple actually – just dedicate one day entirely for yourself. Do whatever you want to do, whatever makes you happy, without thinking about anybody else’s needs but yours. If this thought puts you in a state of panic and the first thing you do is to start thinking about all the “obligations” you have, then this is exactly what you need to do.
The world will not stop spinning if you just take a break for a day and do whatever you want to do. You want to lie down and sleep the whole day? Great! You want to have pasta, chocolate cake and wine for breakfast? Have a massage or spend the day in nature by yourself? Fantastic! Just as long as this is what YOU want to do, without complying with anyone else – parents, partners, kids, friends. This one day is about you, and you only.
Forget about checking your email, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook profiles about 100 times a day, just so that you continue feeding your brain with junk. Boredom is good for the brain and the imagination, so allow yourself time to hear your own thoughts.
Don’t watch the news or reality shows as this is more excess noise, it’s not your reality and feeds your brain with even more junk. No movies, newspapers or books – while they might be interesting, again, this somebody else’s thoughts, preventing you from hearing your own.
Treat this one day as if tomorrow doesn’t exist – no jobs, obligations or worries. Live this day in the here and now, and do it for yourself. Get amazed by a butterfly or a beautiful sunset, find the child inside of you, appreciate everything around you and just be. Take a break now as there might be no tomorrow anyway.
What about that oven? It doesn’t matter. Most probably it’s switched off anyway. Switch off your phone too. If something really important happens, rest assured you’ll hear about it.
All of that sounds scary or irresponsible? Who is there to judge? This is your day, this is your life.
Give it a try and let me know how it went. Happiness is in an arms reach so just reach out and grab it, you deserve it. Take a break now.