Today I want to talk about taking a day off. Yes, an interesting topic for a Monday morning but it is an important one and so I address it.
We all need a day off from time to time. That doesn't necessarily mean getting away although if you can do that, that is a lovely way to spend your day off if that's what nurtures you. However, if you're like me, a day off at home is often what's most convenient.
So here's the deal. When I take a day off, I give my family fair warning. I tell them that I am taking a certain day off which they have come to know means that I will not be doing any cooking, cleaning, laundry or anything else that might need doing. For example, yesterday my husband was wanting a haircut but I said no, this is my day off. So he made an appointment with me and I will cut his hair tonight. We also ordered pizza because I do not do any cooking or meal planning. I chose to do what I wanted yesterday which was mostly sit outside in the nice weather and read a good book and in the evening watch a hockey game. I went to bed on good time and today I feel ready to tackly my various tasks again.
We all need a day off every now and again. We can't always get away to a nice spa or resort but we can still take a day off. If you start to do it once in awhile, your family will get used to it and it will become everyone's normal. It also gives the rest of your family permission to do the same. Now I realize that for some, there are responsibilities that do require our attention - particularly young children. But if they are not nursing babes, perhaps we can ask our spouse or parent to take them for a time. If you can't do the whole day, perhaps you could start with a few hours and work your way up.
We all require some time off once in awhile just to relax. We all need it. So, talk to your family and set something up. And remember, practise, practise, practise!