If you’re like many people these days, you might be feeling some pressure to MAXIMIZE your down time during the social distancing we all are practicing right now...
I like to refer to this feeling as “vacation pressure”.
You know, the feeling that you get when you have a week out of the office and you’re sitting on the sandy beach staring at the ocean...ahhhhh….
Hearing the sounds of the waves coming to shore…..seagulls chirping…. ahhhh….
Drifting in and out of sleep…..zzzzzzz...
When all of a sudden, out of nowhere this voice inside starts screaming at you that you are “wasting your vacation time off” by just sitting there and relaxing.
Yea, you know what I’m talking about.
It’s like getting a cold bucket of water thrown on me to wake me up, get me going so that I can be “more productive”...
Absolutely shocks me out of relaxation every time this happens. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Not to mention that this pressure completely defeats the purpose of why I am on vacation in the first place: to get away from it all, relax and let go of having “to do” anything.
You know, time off is all about getting away from the notion that you have to be productive or have something to show for your time.
I tend to think that you know a lot more about what is good for you then you like to give yourself credit for.
If you find that all you want to do right now during the social distancing time is rest, relax, binge watch television, surf the internet, read, sleep and catch up with friends, chances are that’s your best way to cope with what’s going on for you in your life.
It might be difficult for you to believe this is true, while everyone else around you is coming up with a side hustle right now during their time off.
But it’s true.
If you are feeling pressure to maximize your time off and be productive even though all you want to do is lay there and do nothing, then it might be time for you to take a look at this dilemma inside.
Cuz the truth is, there’s no way to get what you need from the “doing nothing” if you’re constantly being bombarded inside by pressure to “do more”.
We’ve all been there.
Having that feeling like you’re “wasting your time” if all you do is sit around and have nothing to show for your time.
It’s a rotten place to be.
So, if you’d like some help with learning how to let go of your pressure inside to constantly be “doing more”, then let’s talk.
I can help you. I know a thing or two about what’s going on inside and how to let it go in a way that feels completely satisfying and gratifying.
It’s not easy, but I can get you to a place where “doing nothing” feels incredibly powerful, important AND productive.
I am grateful that you are a part of my community and I am here to support you however I can.
Stay safe and be well.
Kate is an INFJ-3 on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Enneagram.