When is the last time you took a vacation? Or even simpler – a day off work?
Not because you had the flu. Or because you had an appointment. Or because you had car trouble and couldn’t make it.
When’s the last time you a day off to just…be? To catch up on your DVR or your sleep. A day to lounge around without pants?
I’m not one to take days off. In fact, I’m more likely to pick up extra days. I couldn’t tell you the last time I took an actual vacation – or even staycation – from work.
But earlier this week I did just that. Not the vacation – I can’t afford that.
But the day off. That I could do.
I had worked a long weekend covering shifts for a colleague. So, I decided to take Monday off.
My kids were at school. My husband was at work. And I was…alone. It wasn’t all rest and relaxation. I caught up on some laundry and washed my hair. Made sure my kitchen was in order.
But I also got some reading done, got a chance to write, and binge watched episode of The Real and Game of Thrones.
I took a long shower. Went to Target, which is one of my favorite ways to relax. And grabbed lunch on my way home.
And it was wonderful.
I felt refreshed and ready to take on the evening with my kids when they got home from school. I had clean hair, a clean house, and I was ready to take on the world. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that deep.
But between work, and family, and school, and all the obligations of the world it can be hard to find time to just be. To touch base with yourself and your needs. And to be present in the moment.
Although it would have been nice to see that extra day on my paycheck, taking the day of was exactly what I needed. And it’s something I need to try and do more often when I can.
If you can’t remember the last time you took a day off just because, maybe it’s time to pencil it into your packed schedule.