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Catching "Huevonitis"

by Kyra Lopez 4 months ago in advice
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How am I finding the means to incorporate stillness into the new year?

The pandemic has uncloaked some of the more raw and unkempt portions of humanity. These routine 9-5 schedules and busy lifestyles are crumbling as we know it.

Collectively, society has begun to realize the immense weight that productivity, job demands, and burnout has pressed on us as we have shifted to working from home. Many people feel like time has slowed down, swirling around in a foggy void for us to grapple with. Free time has caused us to feel these emotions head on, which have been bubbling under the surface for awhile. Thoughts that doubt the meaning of happiness or restfulness head into new territory within this schemata of ourselves. Especially, considering the purpose we hold to live this life to our best ability.

Ultimately, people were granted a few fleeting moments to come to terms with what life demands of us during days of quarantining.

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While those restful days aren't the same for all of society, I noticed that many of the fellow working class have still had to push through the rise and falls of the pandemic. Despite longing for rest, many low income and working class families have not had that option to recover. This means, that restfulness will look very different for us.

So, how can achieving slumber and rest in 2022 be applied to all?

Well, unfortunately it will look unique for each individual.

I have always wondered about how my own schedules of fine tuning habits of rest into a routine can be accomplished amongst a lifestyle built only to survive. Maybe I was gifted some days to recover amidst COVID-19, but I have seen the draining fatigue from those that can't. With this type of environment circling around me, I have succuumed to feeling shameful or guilty in wanting to rest. If my own community can't do the same sometimes, then planning a restful future seemed difficult to construct.

For 2022, I have set aside a plan for balancing those very normal feelings of guilt and attaining the rest I desire in a way that coincides with my circumstances.

Yes, my own personal schedule for health and wellness in the new year won't match those with more or less resources to create peace. But, that doesn't mean I should give up on myself because of the bleak situations around me.

That part of the deal always pains me, since I am unsure where these boundaries of personal health lie in how I can be satisfied with my own journey. I care about my community, but I also need to care for myself. Since everyone is different, my rest this year has to be accomodated to my own needs.

What I can do now, is strive to do whatever I can in order to properly take care of my mental health. I can aid myself while simultaneously being more attentive to the positive aspects of being "lazy." As I go about this new journey of getting more rest, I want to encourage myself. Even in tough financial or emotional situations... it is not a "bad thing" to slow it down.

Against the odds of productivity, laziness is radical.

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π•Žπ•™π•’π•₯ π•šπ•€ 𝕒 β„π•¦π•–π•§π• π•Ÿπ•’?

Whenever I stumble out to the yearly functions, my family has said this nickname to me in passing.

Maybe if you're listening to some far off conversation, you would hear the word "huevon" used like this:

"Ese huevΓ³n se deberΓ­a poner a trabajar".

This roughly translates to: "That lazy person should get to work."

A huevon is someone, as previously described, who is just flat out lazy.

It isn't exactly the nicest term to call someone, but it is still a funny word that I embody. While this nickname can mean different things in various parts of Latin America, "huevonitis" is my casual term that I use to describe the "illness" I have caught of pure laziness. So from now on, I am accepting "huevona" as my new contact name for anyone texting me.

Being a Mexican woman who is also lazy isn't exactly "charming" to my parents, or the handful of elders that watch me from the corner. The purpose of indulging in being a huevona is to be perfectly okay with the stillness of being lazy. Lazy isn't always a negative adjective, and it shouldn't be frowned upon any longer. It doesn't take away from me as a person to rest and immerse myself in activities that slow my body down. To pause in life, is to recollect what is lost in the day to day hustle.

𝕋𝕙𝕖 β„π•’π••π•šπ•”π•’π• 𝔸𝕔π•₯ 𝕠𝕗 π•ƒπ•’π•«π•šπ•Ÿπ•–π•€π•€

This year, I want to be open and loud about the meaning of laziness. My resolutions for the next few months are to go against the grain of what defines "productivity" and the grind culture. Producitivty is seen as doing a bunch of physical tasks or accomplishments that society values, while "the grind" is a social media founded trend that encourages working extremely hard even amidst tiredness to get to a goal.

If I am happy with what I have accomplished on a particular day, then it doesn't matter if it constitutes a general definiton of productivity or a standard for getting things done. If art was all I did on a Saturday, or if I just survived on a Wednesday...that is fullfilling. Those actions are enough, if I am satisfied.

My self worth cant depend on the means of being able to wake up and do a million different activities all day long until I eventually go to sleep. While that may make some people very happy, it isn't going to be the same cookie cutter standard for every individual. Because of this, I would like to think of those extra naps as essential in helping my body recover instead of a terrible connotation to worthlessnes. Investing time in my hobbies, letting my body do its thing, and upholding that love towards me will help me get that feeling of true rest I strive for.

In a world where we are strained to be constantly moving and giving ourselves to work, doing "nothing" is taboo. But that's okay!

By Becca Schultz on Unsplash

ℝ𝕦𝕝𝕖𝕀 𝕠𝕗 π•Šπ•π•¦π•žπ•“π•–π•£ 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟚:

Here are my self-proclaimed and unsolicited points to follow for the next 12 months.

1. Be selfish about what makes you comfortable.

  • Leaving toxic friendships, relationships, and anything thats bad news. I want to enforce my place in work or casual settings by maintaining my own health against things that are not good for me. Overall, I want to stay in community with those who can uplift me, encourage me, and are gentle to me. Rest comes with this power!

2. Listen to yourself when things are hard, and don't be afraid to ask for help.

  • If I am struggling, I want to admit it and not brush it off. Help may be needed, and I want to have the strength to accept it with gratitude.

3. There is no shame in rest or quitting something that doesn't fit you.

  • For example...if a job isn't working, then I want to have the ability to find something that does. Putting my efforts towards comfortability, peace and stability in my work life is not "weak." Having a job that can work with my own skills and needs is something that everyone deserves.

4. Work on things that make you feel elated.

  • I want to dive into the hobbies I love and admire just as much as my normal life tasks. Im not abandoning adulthood by being "lazier", rather I am putting more energy into resting during my down time and doing little things that make me happier.

5. Acknowledge emotions and your struggles. They are valid!

  • Even though some days are very hard and my situation can be rough, those feelings are understood. They are worthy of acknowledgement! I can provide the space for myself in 2022 to share these thoughts with friends who are able to listen, or even in a journal, about how they effect me. I want to fully understand that it is okay to be still and feel out every emotion that comes my way, instead of blocking it with a "I don't care" attitude. Strength and vulnerability are synonyms.
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