Feeling guilty about your state of constant chill? Use these productivity tips

Whether it was a bad few days at work, a breakup, or a fight with your bff, sometimes we all just need some time on the couch. Taking time out for ourselves is always a great answer, but too much chill time isn’t good for anyone. Rehab mode of watching our favourite shows while eating some ice cream is cool for a bit, but eventually, you gotta get back to adulting.

Here are 4 easy things to do to boost your productivity.

Leave the house

Step one is making it so retreating and being a hermit in your hobbit-hole isn’t an option anymore. Go out with a friend or two, schedule an event, go to a knitting circle – anything, just get yourself out of the house. When you’re out and about you’ll immediately feel energized and think about all the things you want to do again. Home is great, but home is where you’re supposed to shut down and sleep at the end of a long night, not where 100% of your free time should be.

Clean up

It’s easy to be a couch potato when you’re apartment looks like a smelly old burlap sack. We vibe off our environments, and when our environments are cluttered, messy and dirty, they’re ground zero for feelings of inadequacy, laziness and depression. When you clean up, you gain back your agency and feeling of control, and these feelings are step one into being productive again.

Be active

It’s all well and good to say that working out is one of the best and healthiest ways to be productive, but when you’re stuck in the middle of a couch, doing a lap around the block is the very last thing you’ll ever want to do. Instead of that, try with the smallest of small exercises. Do five pushups. Walk up and down some stairs. Lift up a heavy thing. It doesn’t have to be much to start and it doesn’t even have to make you sweat – just let your body get used to the fact that you don’t really want to sit around anymore, and it’ll respond in kind!

Get dressed, even if you are staying home

It’s way easier to be lazy when you’re sitting in your pyjamas. When you’re actually dressed, it’s much easier to get out and do other things!

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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