Sure, you’re already in your mid-twenties and sure, you have bills to pay. Of course, you have that thing to do, that person to meet and that place to be. No one’s saying that you’re not occupied with your own things and that you’re not run over with your overwhelming schedule. We think that as practicing adults we should constantly be on the move in order to make us seem just as important and needed as we imagine our peers are.
But despite the busy front that we put up, there’s simply no denying that sometimes adults are just extended versions of our six-year-old selves who, deep inside, still require day-long naps and who still want to eat ice-cream for breakfast. We all need our off-days and sometimes the weekend just does not suffice (It wasn’t enough when we were children, it wasn’t enough when we were teenagers and it is definitely still not enough as adults). So if you ever find yourself at home on a random off-day from work with nothing planned but self-care and more self-care, here are some ideas of things that you can do to bring yourself back to a happier and more carefree time when everything was way simpler:
- Colouring books
If you had told me when I was an angsty teenager that almost ten years later I would own colouring books again, I would have severely eye-rolled you into non-existence. But the fact is, colouring books have made a comeback into our lives again and this time they’re better and more detailed than ever (Warning: These aren’t your average Powerpuff Girls or Barbie colouring books. Magnifying glasses are highly recommended).
Also, there’s a certain joy that comes with repurchasing colour pencils, felt-tip markers and crayons, fun stationery that you never thought that you’d own again. It’s almost like giving life and light to a dark, dusty corner inside of you that you thought you’d vacated for good when you hit puberty.
When was the last time you slept whenever you wanted to, without bothering about the repercussions and worrying about messing up your sleeping schedule? When’s the last time you slept without setting an alarm to wake you up for some boring dinner or a wedding of some distant relative that you didn’t even want to attend in the first place? If your answer is “ten years ago” or more, then grab that onesie, pull on your trusty sleeping mask, switch on that humidifier, draw the curtains and get napping. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
- Watching cartoons
Few things in life are more comfortable than allowing yourself to be buried in a mountain of blankets and pillows in bed, surrounded by your favourite comfort food with an entire season of your favourite cartoons on loop. Be it Bob’s Burgers, Adventure Time or Courage The Cowardly Dog, prepare to feel good and chortle on your cereal like it’s 1999 again.
- Popin’ cookin’
If you’ve forgotten what it feels like to do something for the pure joy of simply doing it and having something to do, then these edible D.I.Y. candy kits are the only thing you should be doing today. With absolutely no point to the activity, Popin’ Cookin’ is bound to conjure up fond memories of building Lego towers and sand castles with the sole aim of knocking them over at the end of the day. Detailed enough to hold your attention to a certain degree, yet simple enough that even a child could get away without messing it up, this feel-good yet pointless activity is one that should have a place on top of your lazy day to-do list.
- Whatever the heck you want to do
Because at the end of the day, if there’s one good thing about being an adult, it’s the fact that you are in charge of your own well-being and only you get to decide what you want to do; if you don’t decide to do what makes you happy, then no one else is going to. So what are you waiting for? Go out there and make yourself and eight-year old you proud.