I had one of those weeks where you just feel totally unproductive, mentally tired and everything seemed unachievable. I feel like I was experiencing premature post-graduate depression and it was sucking all my happiness out like a dementor.
As advised by my partner, I decided to take the days slow and do things I enjoy. So here’s a few activities that I felt were good for my soul.
1. Reading fiction books
Some people say reading fiction books is a waste of time and it’s better to just watch a movie and be done with it. I disagree with that, even though I mostly read non-fiction books. During this time I picked up a fantasy book and I probably haven’t read anything beyond Harry Potter in my life. And that’s exactly what I needed. I didn’t want a reality check by some self-development book, I was already feeling exhausted by trying to keep myself positive. I needed that brief escape from reality, filled with mages and romance.
Another activity that some people consider a waste of time and paper. What’s the point of that? Oh boy. It’s soul food. Flipping through newspapers and magazines to find something nice, arranging dried flowers and cut-outs is very relaxing. When you’re mentally tired from everything, this activity that doesn’t require any artistic skills or a lot of thinking may put you to ease.
3. Taking walks
This is self-explanatory. It’s pretty chilly outside and sometimes I need to collect all my willpower to put on a few layers of clothes and go for a walk. But it’s totally worth it. Especially if you can take a walk in nature, it heals you from the inside.
Writing your feelings down may not make you immediately feel better, but it’s not going to make it worse. Laying my thoughts in a notebook helps me get some clarity and understand my feelings better.
5. Making art
Inspiration is lurking everywhere – books, movies, nature, your morning coffee. Even if you think you’re not artsy (it’s a lie), you should try it. Try sketching, watercolor painting, or just doodling in your journal. The sheer joy of creating something will make you feel better. It doesn’t have to perfect and you don’t have to show it to anyone. It’s still art and you’ve made it.
If you feel like you are mentally exhausted and need a small break, try these activities. Or anything really that makes you feel happy. Even it’s binging Disney movies or playing video games. You deserve to have a break. And if it gets too hard don’t forget to reach out for help. There are always people that will understand you and are willing to help.