Evanna Lynch Encourages Fans to Take a Break

After a week away from social media, Evanna Lynch has returned to the Web, and she’s encouraging fans to follow her lead in stepping back from responsibilities for a short break.

On Saturday, September 7, Lynch shared a bright photo of herself and her much-loved cat, Puff, and her message was one of self-care. Lynch took a week off from social media and real life, telling her peers she was on a holiday and instead using the time to rest and relax at home, a great chance to recover from burnout. Lynch described what she called “a holiday from being me” as a “radical” experience.

Instead of fulfilling a long list of responsibilities, Lynch took the time to catch up on unread books, including an audio version of Stephen Fry’s Mythos, and watch Friends reruns and Dancing with the Stars rehearsal clips. She said that she spent the week drinking smoothies, taking aerial silks classes, and braiding blonde dreads into her hair, which she promptly took back out. When she did cave and scroll on social media, Lynch says that she viewed it differently, pretending she was a ghost looking at the world after she was gone from it.

In a bid to improve her attitude toward her own body and femininity, Lynch also stated that she used her week off to be measured for a bra for the first time. While in the past, she’s stuck to “safe little numbers” to determine cup sizes, she now advocates greater female body empowerment, which she joked was a result of her scrutinizing other women’s chests and holding imaginary conversations with men on a cat-and-owner trip to the park.

As she implored her fans to consider taking a slow, relaxed week’s breaks, Lynch reflected on how she’s benefited from the experience.

It was such a good week. I strongly recommend taking a few days off being yourself. Life is so fast[-]paced. It is so structured and dogged and relentless that you don’t actually get the time to ask, who am I? What do I love? What am I doing it for? But if you make your world quiet and tune back into yourself again, the answers are there.

 

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Hello instafam! I just took a week off my regular life + social media and it was RADICAL. I told everyone I was going on holiday but I did not go on holiday! I stayed home and hibernated. I was feeling burnt out and like I needed a holiday from being me so that’s exactly what I took! Here’s what I did instead of my norm. I made lots of smoothies. I took some aerial silks classes. I took down all the books I was intimidated by and I read 3.5 of them. I planned to read 10 but I watched a lot of Friends too. I went and bought blonde dreads and sat and braided them into my hair for 5 hours while listening to Stephen Fry’s Mythos. I realised that blonde dreads, much to my surprise, are NOT a good look for me so I took them back out. Stephen Fry definitely felt like my closest friend this week and that made me understand all the friends I have who listened to the HP books rather than read them. I used to think listening to the books was cheating but now I realise it’s a completely different experience. Sometimes I cheated and went on social media and I pretended I was a ghost looking in at the world after I’d died. I went and got measured for a bra because I’ve never done that because I have been so secretly disgusted by being a woman for years that I didn’t want to know what truthful bra size I am and could live in blissful ignorance and would just repeat the same safe little numbers to people who dared ask. I sat in the park for a couple hours after, covertly scrutinising the chests of other women and trying to come to terms with the fact that I, too, am a normal woman. I had an unprecedented amount of imaginary conversations with men. I brought Puff to the park. I watched lots of DWTS rehearsal videos and wondered what else I could learn if I had more self belief. I read about Britney Spears’ conservatorship. I love Britney Spears. It was such a good week. I strongly recommend taking a few days off being yourself. Life is so fast paced. It is so structured and dogged and relentless that you don’t actually get the time to ask who am I? What do I love? What am I doing it for? But if you make your world quiet and tune back into yourself again the answers are there.

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Shannon Jade

Harry Potter came into y life when I was eight years old, and I've been an honorary member of the Hogwarts community ever since! A proud Hufflepuff, I hope to one day write something as wonderfully magical as the wizarding world.