I don’t take much time off. About the only time I have more than a three day weekend, It’s almost always only for a planned vacation to visit out of town. But I had use it or lose it time before the end of the year, so I used it to take the rest of the week off. Last Saturday till next Sunday. 9 days off… So what the fuck do I do now?
I do have some projects I need to spend some time on( I have a tradition of doing a whole house clean on Christmas), but I want to get some relaxing in before I start those. I went out drinking Saturday, which was fun. I spent Sunday remembering why going out drinking at 40+ is a bad idea.
Now it’s Monday morning, and I’m getting tense and depressed because I have no idea how to relax on a weekday, and I’m getting nothing out of it.
-Get some super yummy things to eat and cook up a delicious dinner.
-Read a book or magazine you’ve had hanging around
-Watch all of “Vikings” (download, or stream through Amazon Prime)
-Do the prep work for your big Clean (assemble supplies and make sure you have enough of everything you need, start moving stuff for vacuuming, start towel laundry, etc)
A bit late for the OP, but I have to plan ahead for things like this. Case in point, we get the day before & after Christmas off work this year, so for a week I’ve already been jotting down things as I think of them:
things I should do but don’t wanna do - even crappy chores are better than sitting around twiddling my thumbs
things I only think of during inconvenient moments, ex. that item that needs repair that I only see as I’m on my way out the door
projects that require multi-step pre-planning
OP: any foreign languages it would be worth learning a few phrases in?
We get a break from Xmas Eve till Jan 5 and I feel the pressure not to waste it. Typical schedule is sleep till 3:00 PM, putter around the house, maybe see a movie, watch TV or read till 3:00 AM, repeat.
But I do have a car checkup and a dental exam the week after Christmas. Way to live it up, gigi.
SeaDragonTattoo that is like, the list of things I totally think of doing when I have time off but in reality I end up with my butt glued to the couch, re-watching shows I’ve watched several times before and eating cold pizza.
Back when I was depressed, the weekends were always the worst. Give me routine and structure and I can deal with just about anything. But take work away, and I’m left alone with the thoughts. Ugh.
My therapist got me into the habit of planning my weekend agenda. My appointments with her was always on Mondays, but we would still use the last five minutes or so to chart out the upcoming weekend. I know this seems so basic that I shouldn’t have needed help. But since planning in advance has never been my thing, this wasn’t intuitive.
Now it’s my habit to come up with a to-do list right after I wake up on Saturday. I jot down a few house chore/errand type activities, in addition to some fun things. I cross them off as I go through day. I feel a sense of accomplishment if I can get to most of them.
I try not to stay home on holidays and days-off. If I stay home, I usually squander all my time on the internet. And then when someone asks what I did over the holiday, I have nothing to talk about. So I always plan an outing somewhere or some kind of activity that has a high likelihood of generating an interesting story or two.