Whether you are currently not working or are working from home and no longer have a commute, there are a lot of people right now who have extra time on their hands. And with that comes the question, “so what are you going to do with this time?”
I had a lot of plans for what I was going to do with this time. I was going to start a daily exercise routine. I was going to go through all of my belongings and see what I wanted to donate. I was going to write more. I was going to spend time learning languages. (Spoiler: none of that happened). What actually happened is I’ve spent a lot of timing playing video games, baking, and browsing the internet, which honestly isn’t that much different from a typical lazy day.
I didn’t pay much mind to it until I kept seeing posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter saying that people should be using this time to better themselves, write a book, or create their empire, and if you don’t then you’re wasting this opportunity. At first, I felt kind of guilty that I wasn’t using this time for the things I originally planned to do. But then I realized that I shouldn’t feel that way. I knew I wasn’t, and still am not, in the headspace to accomplish tasks like that, and I’m sure a lot of you are in the same boat. If you’re in the mindset to accomplish those things, then that’s great. But, others should not feel pressured or guilty that they aren’t being productive right now.
There’s a lot going on in the world. Some people are worried about how they are going to be paying their bills. Others are worried about friends and loved ones who are either sick or part of the vulnerable population. Some people are worried about how they’re going to get food. Anxiety is high. Stress is high. Be gentle with yourself. We’ve never experienced anything like this before, and a lot of us are just trying to get by and survive. Sometimes, there’s no energy left to start new creative projects or hobbies.
Don’t feel like you need to use this time to do something productive. You can, of course, but don’t feel pressured to. Instead, use this time to take care of yourself. Listen to your body. If you notice that you’re sleeping more (or maybe even sleeping less), you feel drained, you feel creatively blocked, or you just need a good cry, that’s okay. Take this time to do the things that make you feel better. Focus on yourself. And please don’t feel guilty. I can assure you that there are so many other people having a similar experience right now.
We’re all just trying our best.