I’m curious about… my guide for a guilt-free day off
While it’s often encouraged to make the most out of today, it’s just as wise to recognize when it isn’t your lucky day. Admitting this sort of defeat can come as somewhat of a relief; you’ll feel it the moment you throw on leggings and Uggs, writing off any and all expectations for the next 24 hours. These are the rare occasions when I allow myself to skip up out on my workout, order in food and lounge in bed watching a movie instead of writing a paper (it’s also perfectly acceptable to remedy woes with wine). Rather than wallowing in my own self-pity at the first sign of an off-day, I choose to embrace these as recovery days; a daycation from my busy schedule that my mental health will thank me for later on. If you’re like me though, taking the time out to do nothing is hard to rationalize. Here is what I tell myself to help me get the most out of my day off:
* Those Victoria’s Secret Pink sweats are just as cozy and forgiving as they look. Why waste a perfectly good outfit on a day that doesn’t match your mood?
* Your brain will be able to think better tomorrow if you nourish it today with fashion mags, Mean Girls and a bag of Twizzlers.
* Lying in bed sick or lying in bed watching movies – nobody has to know the difference.
* Although your usual caffeine dose is not required for you to get through the day, you’ll eventually need to feed your addiction with a vanilla latte (because obviously you don’t know how to NOT brew a cup more potent than a venti).
* You slept through breakfast today so make up for it by ordering a pizza for dinner.
* Why not milk the whole mental health day thing with a bubble bath, masque and manicure?
* You’ll have plenty of energy for a killer workout tomorrow if you spend today lounging in your PJs – and plenty of motivation if you keep downing that kettle corn.
* By ordering in food, you’ll end up saving your groceries for another day.
* You’ll need fresh air eventually so you’ll have to run out and get a bottle of wine.
* You’ve been meaning to find the time to cross all those little nagging things off your to-do list, like “paint your nails,” “look through fashion week collections” and “catch-up on sleep.”