For the past 2 months, I haven’t done so much long post writing. So I found some downtime activities to help me stay hopeful and strong.
Now, for many people, downtime is “lazy” time. It’s like wasting precious hours and days. And not doing anything meaningful.
But the truth remains that downtime is a part of life.
Just as there’s sowing time, there’s reaping time. And before the harvest, you have to wait. It’s that slow down moment.
And it’s called downtime.
You can spend your downtime reflecting on the busy times of your life. Or preparing for the days ahead.
And you can spend it feeling sorry for yourself and the turn of events this year.
In this brief post, I’ll share 3 things I’ve done in these 2 months – my period of rest.
3 Downtime Activities to Stay Afloat
Listen to Your Inner Thoughts
It’s been a really busy year. And a tough one at that. With the COVID-19 crisis hitting hard continuously.
But amidst it all, one thing that remains is our power to go slow.
Businesses have crashed. Currencies have fallen. Many have lost loved ones, unfortunately.
But through it all, you can learn to listen. Take it slow. Don’t rush.
Being in a hurry to recuperate may hurt you even further.
Because you may take decisions hurriedly. Without processing them really well.
So slow down and listen to your inner thoughts.
Find out what you really need to do during this period.
If you’re a believer, ask the Lord what He wants you to do. How He wants you to continue.
Let the Holy Spirit show you the way.
But remember, if you’re in a hurry, you won’t hear that still small voice.
So slow down and listen.
Be Creative Again
Exercising my creative abilities in these past two months has been a huge blessing.
I spent several minutes a day watching YouTube videos of different food recipes.
But I didn’t stop there. I tried some out. The cakes often turned out great. Yaay!!!
And the pancakes weren’t so bad. For other recipes and dishes, I just really wanted an oven.
At the start of it too, I sew my apron by hand. It was fun to do that high school activity again as an adult.
What’s my point?
Doing something a little off your regular path can be exciting. And can help you manage downtime well.
Creativity is a blessing. It always is.
So when you decide to create something new, or recreate something, you’re exercising your intelligence.
And proving to yourself that you aren’t as incapable as the times may make you feel.
You’re a wonderfully made human with the power to use your God-given potential.
Be a Blessing to Others
Thinking about others is something we do often. Even without realizing it.
But when you do, what’s your goal?
To envy them? Or give to them?
To criticize their flaws? Or seek to help them improve?
In this downtime, I have offered more free IELTS training and free book sharing for kids than I’ve ever done.
Despite how much every cash counts right now, I saw a reason to look beyond the pay and give the service.
It hasn’t exactly been super easy. But it has brought me so much joy. So much joy!!!
Of course, there are days when I wish I got something in return.
But I know sincerely that these moments are precious. And they’re worth even more than I know.
So if you’re still uncertain about how to spend your downtime, think about being a blessing to others.
If you can, give your paid service out for free. Or engage in other helping activities that you wouldn’t have time for if normal was still normal.
The Bottom Line
If you ask me, downtime is a time to slow down.
It’s a time to give room for things that you may not necessarily have time for if you were up and running.
But don’t let these moments keep you down, sad, and depressed.
Try the 3 downtime activities I shared in the post. And remember to always take it slow.
Above all, “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.” (Prov. 3:5,6)
You are not alone, in downtime or busy times.