Today is the first day I have had to myself in weeks. My son was out of school for two weeks, my husband was home during the holidays, and my sister and nephews were in town for a week. Since everyone has returned to their regular lives, I have had work and Bible Study taking up my time. Today is the day I have set aside to recharge my batteries.
I have come to recognize that moderation is the key to just about everything in life. Too much or not enough of just about anything makes me feel out of balance. I am a social person, but I also need alone time. Alone time is scarce during the holidays when my house is bustling with people. While I sincerely enjoy spending time with the people I love, if I don’t get some alone time, I get really cranky.
Today is my day to do whatever I feel like doing. I might nap, watch a movie, play the piano, read, or go for a walk (or all of the above!). I might do yoga and meditation to help me find my center again. It’s been a long time since I have done either!
One thing I will not do is answer the phone. I will not meet a friend for lunch or hop on my email. I need time for myself – time to relax and unwind. Time to enjoy the silence of my house and spending luxurious hours where it is not my responsibility to take care of anyone else’s needs.
To give myself a day off, I have to do some hard work leading up to it. I need the house cleaned because I cannot relax when I am surrounded by clutter. I’ll wind up spending my down day doing housework if I don’t plan ahead. I also need to make sure that all of my other responsibilities are met. For example, I won’t be able to rest if I need to need to pay a bill or run an errand.
Sometimes when I am in my hectic workaholic mode, I question the wisdom of setting aside a day of rest, but when I actually take one, I am rejuvenated in a way that nothing else can. My day of rest seems to last forever (versus my workdays, which seem to fly by with not enough hours in the day to get it all done). My yoga lady used to tell me that we are human BEings, not human DOings, so I need to learn how to “be” more. That is what today is all about!
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