Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.
This post was inspired by Sara Letourneau’s recent Thursday Thoughtfulness post, which asked:
What are your favorite ways of “recharging your batteries”? Do you think that rest, relaxation, and other forms of mindfulness are important parts of everyday life? Why or why not?
Good timing, Sara. This was exactly what I intended to talk about.
My blogging — posting and interacting with other bloggers — have been spotty lately because I’ve been busy and by the time I sit down to write, I’m either tired or not in the mood. Often, this means that I need to recharge. It means that I’m overtaxed in some way, either working too much at my job or socializing too much in my life, which is fun but leaves me drained afterward.
I consider myself an introvert and I believe I’m shy, though some people claim I’m not. Though I love socializing, it takes a lot of energy for me to do so, which makes me tire quickly. I think that might be the case lately. I hardly have any time alone. When at work, I interact with people throughout the day and always have a companion to share lunch with and I live at home with my family so I’m always interacting with them too. Recently, whenever I go out to spend time alone, I bump into someone I know and end up spending the day with them.
This is all great and I’m not complaining here, but I am tired and need a little break for myself to recharge and just be me with me.
I think it’s important to schedule time to recharge because it helps in maintaining a healthy and balanced life. Without such breaks, people get stressed, irritable, and unhappy. I certainly do. In extreme cases, I get ill, usually by developing a migraine and twitching eye that doesn’t go away until I relax.
The best way for me to relax is to spend an entire day by myself doing whatever I want whenever I want. Sometimes I don’t have a whole day, so I’ll visit a bookstore and take my time looking at all the books considering what to buy. I usually do that after a very busy week at the office.
Other times, I take the whole day for myself and go see a movie early in the day when I know only few patrons are at the theater, visit a museum or historic building or simply a spot I’ve never been to before, eat at a restaurant I’ve always wanted to visit, find a cool, shady spot to people-watch, and top off the day with a visit to a bookstore.
At the end of these all-day trips with myself, I am relaxed and recharged and feeling like myself again.
However, there are a few times when spending time with others help me to recharge, which I find very surprising. Sometimes I go out to spend the day alone but end up having a conversation with someone, friend or stranger that I bumped into, that turn into hours-long discussions on a variety of topics. I usually walk away from these conversations having learned something new (and met someone new, of course), which is probably what gives me the extra boost.
Today I’m looking forward to spending time alone. I just want to go shopping and probably see a movie and chill by my lonesome. I need the break.
What I’m reading this weekend:
Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
This is the last book in the Liveship Traders trilogy, which I am buddy-reading with Emily from Embuhlee liest. So far, the story is good. All the characters are in a pickle and I wonder how things will be resolved. I suspect there will be a mutiny on Brashen’s ship and I don’t think I like Serilla much anymore.
13 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #72: Busy and Tired”
Socializing can sure be tiresome. Breaks are definitely necessary and having those days where you do whatever you want sounds like a great way to relax. Hope you replenish those batteries whenever you need to. 😉
Thanks! I did. Feeling loads better now.
I completely relate to that paragraph about introversion and energy levels. I’m the same way: After a few hours or a full day of interacting with people, I need some quiet / alone time. That usually means writing, reading, and maybe meditating or coloring in my mandala book. And if it’s nice outside, a walk can also do the trick. Any of these activities involves listening to music, too; usually soft or new age instrumentals.
Funny, this is reminding me of how I felt one point over the weekend. I was visiting my parents, and a couple of my aunts from Maine had also come to visit. It was great to see everyone, “show and tell” about my Iceland trip, and play Clue and Uno with my great-aunt. But by the end of the day, I was so drained that… well, I couldn’t wait for us to finish cleaning up so I could get ready for bed and pass out on the sleep sofa. *laughs, then blushes*
Lol! That’s how I felt this past weekend. I tried to avoid all social situations but somehow found myself in one and couldn’t wait to leave to go home and get some alone time.
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I like to recharge and “relax” with some video games. The reason that’s in quotes is because online multiplayer FPSs usually get me all fired up and seems counterproductive to winding down, but sometimes blowing off some steam is exactly what I need. I always feel much lighter and more refreshed when I’m done 😀
Lol! I guess it’s like working out. The adrenaline you build up brings a calm afterward.
I almost can’t watch movies at all with another person. I get you 100%
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Hi-five on that! I prefer watch by myself and then meet up to discuss it.
I can relate to you. I’m an introvert too and interacting with people definitely tires me out. I usually find somewhere nice where I can sit down and read for the entire day to recharge myself. I decided to have a change of scenery last week by heading to a Starbucks nearby to spend my weekend reading and I found it to be really successful. I tend to watch movies alone too. But I find it more enjoyable to watch a movie when the theater is full of people as I love to laugh and cry along with the audience.
A change of scenery helps. I wanted to switch it up today and read by a lake, but I ended up shoe shopping instead. Smh.
I like watching comedies with others but action and drama I prefer alone. I had to be interrupted by convos or peeps asking what just happened.
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Nobody ever asked me what was going on in the movie before. At least not strangers. o_o I can never read outdoors here in Singapore. It is so hot and humid all year round that I will just sweat like crazy. How I wish there is other seasons here. 😦
Lol, I meant when I go movies with people I know, I get pestered with that question.
I used to think the same when I lived in Jamaica. I wanted different seasons. Then I got to the US and now prefer summer and autumn.
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Hmm… I see. I prefer spring and autumn after experiencing different seasons in other countries. Winter is too cold and summer is too hot for me. I like it when it is just chilly and cool. 🙂