Hey, there! I welcome you to the next edition of Mondays with Madhu. Okay, now that the niceties are out of the way, internalize the next sentence:

Slow down you, it’s okay to take a step back every now and then.

I have realized after going through a mental fatigue of my own that no one will ever voluntarily come and tell you to relax. Everyone is fighting their own battles and often times we forget that guilt-free break is warranted after an overwhelming routine. I’m here to tell you to breathe and take that break you have been postponing and other similar points no one tells you. 

You are all going to wonder, “Okay, even if we do take that break…there’s NO PLACE to go!”  With so many restrictions in place, exotic holidays can either be relived via daydreams or through your phone gallery. 

But fatigue doesn’t wait for an exotic holiday nor does it get resolved only because you traveled thousands of miles to rejuvenate! Just like work-from-home is increasingly becoming the new normal, vacationing from home should too. Hear me out — according to the countries/cities we are in, we know what outdoor activities are open and possible! There’s always that option to choose and enjoy a change of scenery!

Until then, here’s what I have been doing to relax this overused brain and change the norms of a typical vacation: 

  1. Strictly maintaining a sleep and wake up time: My body clock is now used to sleeping at 10 p.m and waking up by 7 a.m. I start my day with a few rounds of surya namaskars, 2 ceramic bottles worth of water, some almonds and cranberries. What works for you? Learn, unlearn, apply.
  2. Gadgets control: I’m slowly trying ways to reduce my intake of content in any form. I have no shame in admitting that I have finished Netflix, I have seen whatever there is to see on Instagram and I’m pretty sure I’m through watching all the movies on Amazon Prime. Now what? I’m not saying deprive yourself from the entertainment but regulate the intake. Information overdose is the next biggest cause for mental fatigue. Let’s live in the real world more, shall we?
  3. Forgive yourself: The internal struggle to excel and be tired at the same time is a lonely one. Even if you pour out to the people you love, follow their suggestions because going through a demotivated phase can get weary. Recognize what are your stress triggers and be okay with not doing those tasks. Push only when you know it’s procrastination! 
  4. Clean: I’m sure this isn’t the first time you are hearing this. Reorganizing and cleaning is mentally relieving and psychologically cleaning makes you feel happy because it gives you the feeling of new beginnings and letting go of unwanted things. 
  5. Utilize open spaces: Have a balcony/patio/front yard/rooftop? Go sit there and take in that fresh air. I went to the rooftop in my building and painted something very random. Sounds very normal, right? But it worked wonders for me. Figure out an activity that you haven’t been doing because of your routine and go for it without explanations.

I’m still in the process of feeling 100% myself and I am sure this list is only going to increase as I figure out what’s working best for me. I sincerely hope it works for you too!

Till then, what’s stopping you from taking that much needed break? 

Madhu Narayan
Mondays with Madhu
Guest blogger, Plant Life Meals