Tag Archives: Mental Health

Stuck in the 9-5? Go on a microadventure!

9-5 corporate goth?  Use your weekends to go on microadventures!

There’s a lot to be said for the “Laptop Lifestyle” that every social media/blogger wants to sell you, but the reality is that many of us work 9-5 Monday to Friday and that’s the way we like it.  Clock off for the day, go home and put our feet up without having to worry about checking our emails till we’re back at work the next day.

But because of our routine, when we think about ‘adventures’ we assume they are impossible because we’ve only a weekend before we have to be back at work again on Monday.

Viewed like that, finding the time off to check out the great outdoors or just go camping can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be impossible– that’s where “micro-adventures” come in.

“The idea is based on using what time you have – weekends, mostly – and maximising its potential by stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something adventurous to escape the humdrum of a nine-to-five lifestyle.” –Australian Geographic Continue reading Stuck in the 9-5? Go on a microadventure!

Adult Goth: Being Sick Sucks, so look after yourself like an adult.

Being Sick Sucks.

When you’re a kid, you’ve people to look after you, but when you’re an adult living on your own (or in my case, with a Gentleman who works during the day so isn’t around to bring me flat lemonade for lunch,) then it’s up to you to look after yourself.

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Trick yourself into taking a ‘Mental Health Day,’ without feeling like a lazy slob.

I first heard of a ‘Mental Health Day’ from my last boss.  A college of mine was having a bad day at work, so my boss said that she’d rather my college took a day off and went to the beach instead of staying at work, being mentally elsewhere and getting nothing done.  That way they could come back the day after ‘refreshed and ready to work.’

I’ve been back at work a week.  A week. I can hardly believe that it’s only been a week.  My holidays were wonderful, but getting back to the daily grind has been a bit of a shock to the system.  I’m already feeling the effects of stress, so I’m preemptively taking a day to look after myself before the stress makes me sick.  Literally.  Of course there’s the temptation to go out and have fun and screw the consequences and lack of sleep, but growing up means learning to look after myself.  Sigh.

There is so much to do around my house though, so ‘Relaxing’ (With a capital ‘R’)  is difficult.  If I’m sitting round my house, I feel like I’m being lazy.  I need a sense of achievement to beat the blues, but whilst a day full of hard work makes me feel good, it sort of defeats the purpose of taking a day of rest.

So, after sleeping in and staying in bed till after midday, (Take that morning! I didn’t even see your face!) here’s what I’ve done to trick myself into taking a ‘rest’ day and ‘Relaxing.’

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