It used to be that every few months I would get so worn down, stressed out and worked up that I would have to take a day off of work and crash. I'd spend the entire day in bed buried under the covers blocking out the world. By the end of the day I was slightly more rested, but really no more refreshed. I called those my "Mental Health Days."
This past April I took the day off of work for my birthday and filled the day doing things that I enjoy doing. I told myself that because it was my birthday, I would not feel guilty about focusing on doing what I wanted to do and not on what I thought would make everyone else happy. I had a FABULOUS day! It was relaxing and fun and energizing.
It was so wonderful that I did the same thing the day after completing the Half-Marathon in May. While on our family vacation in August, I made it a point to have a couple of "Me Mornings." As soon as we returned from vacation, I looked at my calendar and scheduled my next "Me Day" - TODAY!
I've discovered three keys to making my Me Days a success:
1) I don't spend the entire day in bed. Looking back I realized that spending the entire day in bed actually made me feel worse. My entire body would ache. I'd physically feel more tired. I have to confess that one of my favorite things to do is lay in bed and watch TV. So I always spend part of my Me Days laying in bed - just not the whole day.
2) I do things that I enjoy doing, not things that I HAVE to do. There are very few things in life that can't be put on hold for a day. I always plan my day out ahead of time picking 2-3 activities that I want to do. If I don't plan ahead, time always gets away from me and I end up doing nothing! For example, today I watched my favorite TV show while drinking a steaming cup of coffee, crawled back into bed for a nap, got my hair cut (which I don't do often and really enjoy!) and then surprised my kids by heading to TCBY after school. As I type, my kids and I are enjoying our annual viewing of Disney's Halloweentown; which to us officially kicks off the holiday season! I'm feeling no need to get up and throw in a load of laundry - it is "Me Day!" Finally, I've planned one of my favorite meals for dinner and then will be heading to my Zumba class. The perfect ending to my day!
|Family Fun at TCBY!|
Following these three guidelines have turned my "Me Days" into a time of refreshment. I enjoy the time off rather than wasting it because I'm so mentally worn down and physically tired that I can't function. I'll return to the real world tomorrow rested and ready to face my life.
One of the first things that I'll do when I return to my life is fill out a PTO (Paid Time Off) form for my next "Me Day!" Why don't you get out your calendar and schedule a "Me Day" just for you!