I’m guilty as charged. I’m always on the go. In part I do it to myself by signing up to bring cookies for the class party, organizing a get-together or volunteering for a project on my day-off, you get the picture. Sometimes it’s just life-working long hours, raising a four-year old, cleaning and general “adulting.” Inevitably I crash, hard. I lose it around the ones who love me the most, I get sick (and so does everyone else in the fam) and I basically just want to cry, sleep and run away from it all.
I hit it hard last week. After several weeks of non-stop on-the-go, getting sick and nursing a sick child, I crashed and burned. I screamed, I cursed everything and I cried. I’m not proud of my behavior to say the least. Mr. E&G caught on quickly that his best bet was to stay away and help by taking on the parenting duties.
I needed a break asap! Which is easier said than done.
Luckily for me I had planned a vacation for this week. (It doesn’t always work out this way). After a few family days away (blog post to come soon), I have just lied around the house while Lady Elle is in Pre-K and Mr. E&G is at work. And it feels so good. Incredibly good. I haven’t made plans to do anything. I’ve not looked at my work emails (okay I lied I did yesterday and did respond to a few). I’ve worn my pajamas until noon and binged read. I don’t feel guilty. At. All.
This rest allowed my mind to rejuvenate. I’m able to see solutions to issues I’ve been trying to resolve. I was able to solve a pesky work issue involving numbers (I’m a words girl) and I figured out some design issues with my blog.
I’m a big believer in taking time away and giving the mind space to breathe. I’m the first to admit I don’t do this often enough. It’s not always easy to find the time, but I pledge to schedule this into my to-do list. For the sake of my family, my job, and most of all, my own mind.
How do you find time to rejuvenate when there is little time?