There seemingly aren’t enough hours in the day to take even one of them to yourself at times – let alone an entire evening – but honestly, it sometimes just has to be done. Millennials have been proven to be almost masochistic when it comes to their work ethic as they’re burning the candle at both ends. Sometimes, though, you’ve just got to take a break. Your health, both physical and mental, will suffer if you don’t. When you’re no longer used to relaxing, it can be very easy to waste the time and still not feel better when time’s up. Or worse – it can be even easier to use your precious relaxation time to do anything but. Out of the loop? Give yourself a great evening to yourself. And please don’t feel bad about it!
Play Some Games
Don’t worry – there are zero gyms, balls or physical activities of any kind in sight. These days, gaming can certainly be done far more simply from the comfort of your bed! In fact, there are way more options than just the action-based sniper games you hear about. For instance, www.bgo.com/bingo allows you to play bingo games online to help you pass time in a way that’s both fun and not too strenuous. Of course, you don’t have to feel too bad about your productivity levels; in essence, you can kill two birds with one stone. Verne Troyer endorses bgo, which means you’re never too far from a popular culture reference. His game “The Boss’ Bingo” allows you to play for £10 and get £50 to play with (so it won’t break the bank).
Thanks to other games that are themed – such as the Guns’n’Roses slot game – bgo actually offers you the opportunity to listen to music at the same time (while also embracing your inner rock star)! If rock music isn’t your thing, you can continue in the same vein by trying their Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? bingo. Or, you could even go with Mirror Bingo’s Ace Ventura theme, or Mecca Bingo’s Game of Thrones games. “Themed” basically just means you can have fun on the slots whilst checking out cool visuals, references and music from the stuff you already love. Look at you, staying on top of what’s cool, all without having to move a muscle!
Get Cosy In The Kitchen
Look: these days cooking is cool, okay? From the rise in baking made popular on Britain’s “The Great British Bake Off,” and all the Top Chef shows and spinoffs in the US through to every Instagram account ever, becoming a culinary genius is now more than desirable – chefs are the new rock stars! Learning to cook doesn’t just make things taste great, either. If you’re still racking up that guilt about taking a little well-deserved down time, just thinking how your new-found skills could actually help you in your daily life.
The benefits of clean eating, if that’s the style you’re going for, are present in abundance. Cooking and eating healthily does wonders for your productivity, and will give you more energy throughout the day. Time to get creative!
Really Get To Know Your Netflix Account
Hmm. Counterproductive – literally – right? Wrong. It’s time you and Netflix got more acquainted. Not only are there times where we need to just shut off our brains entirely, there are other times where we can actually learn something from TV. Shocking, but true! Netflix has everything from trash TV (the absolute best to binge watch), through to blockbuster movies and even fascinating documentaries.
So, whether you’re shamelessly sitting through that sixth season of Pretty Little Liars, or you can’t take your eyes off that Jon Benet Ramsey documentary that you’re dying to share with the office on Monday, enjoy the time to yourself whilst you can.
Remember: taking time for yourself isn’t indulgent, it’s actually important. The people who count on you in your daily life need you to be on top form. Plus, you’ll thank yourself for the break. Work, family and other commitments will still be there when you’re done.
Written by Hannah Bates