There are two types of people- the ones who perform greatly under pressure and the others who fail miserably. I am the latter, and no wonder I used to solve all the math problems at home but barely pass the exams. Taking time out is pivotal for my mental health, and although I have a hectic job, I make sure to balance my work-life situation and make use of my free time. It turned out to be a misconception that working from home would make life easier. Instead, it has become crucial to manage a balance while juggling with other responsibilities. While I am still an amateur at time management, here is what I do in my free time, you can try out some of them yourself or share your schedule below:
One of the most important things for me is to keep learning and staying up to date and that this why I keep taking new courses. Studying is the best reinvestment I can make for myself and my business. Reading is my favourite hobby, and it always helps me write better and improve my vocabulary. One of the best ways to hold conversations is being updated with what’s happening around.
Cleaning is a stress buster for me. I love to organise things, so when I need something, I can reach for it. I was born an aesthete and gradually took up Interior designing after my masters. So, I keep experimenting with design and decor.
I happen to be indoors most of the time, but I have to go out at least once in three days or else I start feeling claustrophobic. Being in nature or going for a drive really helps with rejuvenation and helps me clear my mind. To keep fit, I go for brisk walking or do Yoga a few days a week.
Writing has always been therapeutic for me. I started writing stories at the age of 12 and formed a habit of writing thoughts and organising them. Just throwing your ideas on paper and arranging them makes a lot of things fall back into place.
There is something about documentaries, especially crime documentaries that help me from overthinking. I watch YouTube for inspiration and relaxation and watch crime documentaries to keep my thoughts at bay. (here is a list of must-watch Crime documentaries on Netflix)
Long warm showers have always helped me relax. One of my favourite things to do in Winters is light candles and enjoy showers with good skincare and body care rituals. Not to forget some of my favourite Christmas songs . I love getting into comfy clothes and relaxing.
I am not a big fan of napping on regular days, but usually, after hectic weeks, I enjoy short naps. Short naps help to give the brain it deserves. I’m not a fussy eater but enjoy a good hearty meal.
I moved out of my hometown ten years ago and prior to that, I have always been amidst loving family members. Although life is busy, I do pick up the phone and call my loved ones from time to time. Relationships are a significant part of our lives and I believe in cherishing them.
I love photography and take pictures from time to time. I decorate my home in a way that makes taking pictures easy without having to do too much of a setup. Lighting and props being absolutely crucial.
One of the things I hate the most but must learn to do is keeping track of my expenses and paying my taxes on time. One of the most boring but significant aspects of adulting is taking control of our expenses. For women, financial independence is liberation.
Other than the above mentioned, I do believe in ‘just being’. There is a sense of calm and clarity that comes by just taking a deep breath and relaxing. We all have only 24 hours in a day and it is best to make time rather than wasting it. While growing up it was what can I do in my free time and now it’s about making some free time. Investing in one’s mental health and self-care is of utmost importance in today’s chaotic lifestyle and I believe in doing all the little things that make one happy.
If you want to know more about me, head to the about page here.