We all have those days where one minute we’re lounging around the house feeling fine, and the next we’re hit by a sudden wave of intense panic, feeling like there’s so much to be done. On days like this, the only way we can settle ourselves is by doing something we see as productive.
Read a book: As an avid reader, curling up with a good book always seems to calm my nerves. To me, reading is very soothing, making it perfect for times in which I feel uneasy. Try checking out a novel you’ve been wanting to read for a long time, but haven’t had the chance to. This could be a classic, or a recommendation from a friend.
Exercise: Working out is such a fantastic way to get yourself feeling energized and productive. Try doing some physical activity that suits your personal interests. Whether it be running or hiking or swimming, keeping yourself physically active can do wonders for your stress level.
Update your agenda: Planning out your upcoming week can sometimes be a good de-stresser. Whenever I’m looking for something productive to do at home, I go through my week’s schedule and plot out blog posts, arrange time for workouts, and determine when I’ll have free time. Arranging your schedule can definitely transform a stress-intensive week into something doable.
Clean out your junk drawer: Whether this is an actual junk drawer, or a space in your house that’s constantly disorganized, make the time to clean it out. Getting rid of literal messes can sometimes make it easier to deal with metaphorical ones. I like to spend an hour or so every weekend cleaning up an area that needs it. The process feels cleansing.
Eat something healthy: Healthy eating is one of the easiest ways to make yourself feel more productive. I like making myself fruit smoothies or salads, but I suggest trying a healthy food you either love, or have never tried.
Stretch: While stretching could have been condensed under working out, I decided to separate them because not everyone is interested or able do to intense exercise. Stretching, however, is a great alternative. It’s a very calming process. I would recommend checking out a yoga or stretching video online.
Take blog photos: When I have extra free time, I like to go out and take blog photos. I’m always in need of new pictures to post, so if I’m in the mood to get work done, it’s typically what I end up doing.
Contact an old friend: Sociability can also be an effective way to rid yourself of unnecessary stress. Try getting together with a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
Pamper yourself: I realize this may sound like the last thing you’d want to do on a productive day, but sometimes we all need an afternoon of relaxation. Try doing something nice for yourself.
Give back to someone in need: Turn your desire for productivity into something positive. By finding a charity or organization to donate your time to, you’ll be helping not only yourself, but others who could really benefit from it.
What do you do to feel productive?