Combatting Monotony


Roy Nitzan

Taking time for yourself can be a difficult thing to do. Guest contributor Deborah Faith explores the benefits.

Deborah Faith, Guest Contributor

In times like these, doing basic tasks seems almost impossible, and like a monumental excursion. Waking up, reading emails, keeping up with a workload. Even for someone like me, who actually procrastinated on this very article.

But there are ways to combat this or at least attempt to, and they might be beneficial to how you remodel your daily life. There’s no guarantee that these will work, but anything is worth a try.


The concept might be unfamiliar to you, so here’s an explanation. 

Grounding is going out when it’s sunny and walking barefoot in the grass for anywhere from fifteen minutes to half an hour. Sounds silly, right? It can be calming, and the sun provides Vitamin D, which gives you serotonin, or the happy chemical in your brain. Being happy gives you both energy and motivation, allowing you to get work done well and on time.

Walking around in grass can also allow you to feel more connected to reality and Earth itself, just observing nature and the world around you, from the sensation of the ground beneath your feet to the varying scents in the air. You can do this as often as you want, whether it be twice a day or once a week, and still get a little more out of life than before.

I usually take this time to draw, as I’m not that great of an artist and need the practice to improve. The scenery is inspiring and comforting in a way. Connecting with the planet just by going outside is awakening. Any fatigue I had before going into the backyard just washes away. Sometimes, the simplest things can overthrow any stress, anxiety, or boredom, no complexities or depth added.