Being vs. Doing: Taking Time to Relax at Home

On any given weekend, I feel torn between various tackling projects and lazing around in my pajamas watching episodes of The Soup. Given that we all have to-do lists, which grow exponentially at this time of year, it's critical to find a balance between getting stuff done and relaxing enough to enjoy what you already have.

I am a pretty low-stress person, but I do like having projects and mentally checking off my list. While you can definitely still get things done meditatively (that is why I like crafts and baking), there is much to be said for putting down the pen/paintbrush/gift wrap/laptop and taking a breather.

If you're already feeling overwhelmed this month, don't forget to take baths, drink a hot (spiked) beverage, curl up on the couch, and play some games.

One last thing is to take survey now, at the end of the year, of all the things you have completed. Rather than focusing on what you still have left to do, celebrate even the small projects that now enhance your home.

How do you balance your to-do list and your "free" time? What helps you unwind?

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Kim has been sharing creative projects and ideas as a Contributor to Apartment Therapy since 2010. Her writing highlights stylish, budget-friendly solutions to common household problems. Kim is a fluent French speaker and a houseplant enthusiast.