Has your life changed since COVID? For me it definitely has. 2019 was one of my better years in life. I traveled to 4 different cities and was constantly going out. Then COVID happened. All of my plans for 2020 basically went down the drain and in 2021 I didn’t have the desire to do much.
Pictured above is a drink from one of the several restaurants that my coworkers and I would go to after work. For about 2 years, one could find us at the bar destressing. Now, everyone is in a different space. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, it certainly is not, but the vibes are not the same. For me, I’d just rather be home drinking. I’ve lost the appeal of social drinking. I enjoy being in my own space, drinking at my own pace. The benefit to all of this is that it’s much cheaper and it makes me happy.
Due to the whole pandemic I haven’t been able to travel. I usually take a trip or 2 in a year to keep me sane but coronavirus messed that all up for me. I have been working almost nonstop for about 10 months, including a lot of weekends. A LOT! My brain started telling me that I was doing too much. I was moving at a fast pace and losing touch with my sanity.
For that reason, I went in to work one day last week and stated, “I have some exciting news!” When I was asked what it was I simply replied, “I’m taking tomorrow off for no reason in particular!” I called it a Mental Health Day. It felt good to basically say they had to figure it out without me.
So, on my day off I did absolutely nothing…for the most part. I did have to submit 2 reports but I was able to do it in about an hour. I also had to choose a training course otherwise they were going to choose for me. I didn’t mind the bit of work on my day off because for the remainder of the day I basically slept! It was nice to have a lazy day.
For a while I was hesitant to take time off just to be at home but it was definitely needed this time around. I enjoyed the laziness so much that I’m already thinking of my next Mental Health Day. Not sure if I’ll stick to staying home or taking a day trip nearby to explore.