This past week was a tough work week and my body is still recovering from a really bad cold. When I would get home from work, I had a long to-do list of things I needed to get done like vacuuming, laundry and just cleaning up the apartment a bit. However, I just wanted to curl up on my couch in my cozy pajamas instead! It took some time, but I think the last few weeks (months?) are catching up with me and I just need a break. Luckily, I do have a vacation coming up soon but our days are still filled with so much to do and see! After almost falling asleep on the couch the other night, I decided it was time to rethink my evening routine after work. One of the biggest bummers is that I don’t get home from work until 8pmish and I try to be in bed around midnight, so that leaves little time for me to get everything done that I would like to.
Usually, when I walk in the front door of my apartment, I get slightly overwhelmed with what I want to get done that night knowing that I just don’t have enough time or energy. I typically go without dinner or the gym so I can put away clothes that accumulate on the chair, do a load of laundry, pick up dishes that are accumulating around my apartment, clean my kitchen, etc., etc.! Most of the time, I just get overwhelmed so I just give up before I can complete one thing. What I should be doing after work more often is getting into pajamas and curling up on my couch under a cozy throw blanket. The goal the next few weeks is to do something relaxing for myself each night even if it is to lay on the couch and eat chips for dinner. I want to find a night where I can wash and blow dry my hair so it’s ready for work the next morning and to start actually using all of the skincare products I have in my bathroom.
To be the best version of myself, I need to start understanding that no, I cannot get everything done in one day and sometimes I will need to go to bed with dishes in my sink. Living alone, I swore that I would have a clean apartment at all times. Now I swear, every time it is a disaster, a friend of mine asks if she can invite herself over to get something with her own key if I’m at work or something. I am constantly apologizing for the mess and the things I didn’t do instead of allowing myself to have a relaxing evening and accepting that I can clean my apartment or do laundry on the weekends.
So now I have a plan for the next few evenings. Light a scented candle from Bath and Body Works, put on my favorite pajama pants and a cozy soft long sleeve t shirt, slide into my slippers and enjoy some time on my couch catching up on my favorite tv shows. Life is too short to stress about all of the things that need to get done.