Making downtime a priority


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I feel like life is so busy at the moment. My weeks fill up so quickly, with social occasions and days full of meetings and trips and the general life admin associated with running a house and being a good citizen.

The past month or so has been particularly hectic and I realised this weekend that I haven't had more than a few hours at home in over three weeks. I've been having so much fun hanging out with family and friends and exploring new places and attending events, but I honestly can't remember the last time I hung out on my own, getting lost in a good book and enjoying a hot bath.

I'm the sort of person that needs downtime but always forgets to prioritise it. I love love love being sociable and catching up with people, which means that I very rarely turn an invite down and am always trying to arrange fun things to do with my friends and family. But before I know it, I end up where I am now - run down, burnt out and craving a few days of nothing but Netflix and early nights and plenty of vegetables.

I don't really know what the point of this post is other than to remind myself that downtime is an essential part of good health - I really need to stop forgetting that. I feel like I've got such a good sense of balance in my life when it comes to diet and exercise, but until I start treating quiet, relaxing time as just as important as fun, social, productive events, then I'll never be fully healthy.

FOMO is such a huge thing thesedays, but we all need to remember that we can't truly appreciate all the fun that life has to offer unless we're properly looking after ourselves. We're all flooded with messages of "just say yes!" and "YOLO" and "you only regret the chances you don't take", but I honestly believe that without a bit of self love and downtime, we can't fully grasp the opportunities that come our way.

Which is why from now on I'm making a promise to myself that I'll reserve one evening a week to spend some time with myself, reading or writing or pampering or just having an early night. I think we all owe ourselves that bit of downtime, don't you?