Like a lot of people when I get home from my day job, there are days when all I want to do is plop down in front of the TV and veg out.
Some days I fight the urge. I go to the gym. I spend time working on programming and writing for Happy Fix. Some days, I give in to the temptation to “veg out” and do nothing.
Urban Dictionary defines “veg out” in the following way:
“Deriving from a ‘vegetative’ state often used in the medical field, it is a state of total physical apathy, usually on a couch or bed with music or in front of a TV; influence of drugs aids but is not essential to the meaning of the term.”
When I think about the blessings in my life and the fact that I have my health, a business that I’m proud of, a full-time job that I can also be proud of and the support I have of people around me, I realize that “vegging out” is something that has to be done away with. I don’t want any time I have to be spent in a vegetative state. Not when I have so much to do and to give.
Last night, I got home from work, went to the gym with my husband, ate dinner and worked on Happy Fix. It felt awesome. I plan on a similar schedule today.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you need downtime. I’ve found, however that total physical apathy is not how I want to spend my evenings. I want to build something awesome that helps people. I want to continue working on a healthy lifestyle. A rerun of Law & Order may slip in from time to time but it will be the exception, not the rule.
If you spend more time vegging out than doing things you love, try to take baby steps to change things. Take a walk. Get some exercise. Call a friend. Read a book. Learn a new skill or work on a hobby. There are a ton of things you can do that will help you improve your mood, make you feel less tired and more productive. I promise.
What kinds of activities do you think you could do if you are trying to break out of your “veg out?” Share below or ask if you need some suggestions.