Almost 4 weeks into the UK lockdown and I’m feeling a little lost with my blog. I’m not a typical lifestyle blogger. I simply document my adventures on holiday, and on work trips. There is a big fat elephant in the room right now – I can’t travel anywhere.
Currently, my ‘adventures’ consist of a short morning commute downstairs. Popping to the kitchen for food. Heading out into the garden for some air. In and out of various rooms in the house to change up the scenery. It’s not glamorous, it’s pretty boring. But this new life is productive. At the moment the message is clear – stay home, save lives.
Productivity means something different for everyone.
Productive is resting when you need. Productive is learning a new skill. Productive is reading a book. Productive is cleaning your home. Productive is watching a whole series of a show in one go and snacking the day away. Productive is working out. Productive is being flexible with your time. Do you get the picture?
I have seen so many people writing “if you don’t use your spare time to learn something new then you have failed”.
I think this is dangerous and insensitive. Why do I think this?
I think this because I usually move at 100mph. I’m a ‘busy body’, always on the go. I can’t sit still. I feel guilty when I have free time that isn’t filled completing a task. But with this I also burn out quickly and I’ve never been good at resting and I’ve never been great at ignoring that feeling of guilt. So – here I am, 4 weeks into isolation and I’m learning to rest. I’m getting plenty of down time and I’m flexible with my time. It’s taken me 4 weeks to get to feeling the way I do now but that is ok.
It’s ok to feel a little guilty, but I do think that we need to switch our perspective. When we rest up, it’s not unproductive. We need to rest to reset our bodies and to function. Resting is essential.
Don’t get me wrong, I want to spend more time working out and getting abs. I want to learn a language. I want to work on future business ideas. But if I do all of these things through the pure fact that I feel guilty that I have so much free time, I will end up in another burn out. Quite frankly spending time in hospital due to a flare will not be productive and this isn’t the best time to do that either.
I guess what I’m trying to reinforce is that not everyone thinks in the same way. It is as simple as that. Posting your 5th workout of the day might be motivational for you but it might be damaging for others. Be mindful of what you preach.
Life is a balancing act.
If you are one of those struggling with isolation, know that this is ok. Your feelings are valid and you have to take time to figure things out.
We are all doing our best with the time we now have. Use your time to do what you need to do for your health and well-being.
I’m off to soak up some sun in the garden. Over and out.