Sunday, 7 February 2016

Downtime

At present, I work 9-5 in a marketing department and spend my evenings doing university work as and when it comes in.
The year before that, I was at university during the day then spending several nights a week, and the weekend, working in a nightclub which may or may not have accumulated in me nodding off in my lectures once or twice due to having three hours sleep maximum between finishing my shift where I’d been busy all night and then dragging myself in to my lectures.
The year before this I was working stupid hours 45 minutes away from my house, as well as being in university.
Just typing this down has made me realise how tired and run down I used to be. It has definitely improved in the past year as I now have time for one crucial thing – down time.
For the most part, my downtime consists of exercising, visiting friends and relaxing in front of the tv in my pyjamas. Since I work in an office environment and not on my feet like the nightclub, I find exercising after my shift to be therapeutic, especially after a stressful day. I try to be as mobile as possible in the office but since I’m now on crutches, it’s become much harder.
I always factor downtime in to my schedule, even if it’s a busy week, otherwise I end up with headaches caused by stress and will be super grumpy by Thursday evening. 
When I'm at home down South my downtime is usually spent going out for coffee and harassing the bundle of fur that I call my dog - and yes, he is wearing a bow tie in this photo!
Downtime doesn't have to be some big extravagant affair that costs the Earth, nor do you have to climb to the top of a mountain to do it, but I definitely think it makes the world of difference. 
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