Bye Week: A Day of Rest

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This will be a short work week and I’m excited, but that means I have to get all of my work finished before I leave on Wednesday. Anyone who knows me really well, knows I love routine. I also love to travel and see my friends and family. Ever since I was a kid, however, vacations usually brought on some kind of melt down. Traveling is still one of my biggest challenges in pursuing a balanced life.

I have pre-vacation anxiety about all the things I need to get done at work and at home before I leave. I can feel the muscles in my back tensing up as I write this. This week, instead of clinging to my routine before I leave I’ve decided to make a few changes in an effort to relax a little more.

Normally, on Sundays I cook for the week and Mike watches football. Usually, I’ll watch a couple games too.  Yesterday, we decided to take the day off. We ate out for breakfast, went for a walk in central park, I took a nap and then we watched hours of How I Met Your Mother. It was so great!

This morning, I woke up late and didn’t go to the gym or park to meditate. When I saw my messy apartment, I started to feel guilty. Now, I’m reminding myself I needed that day off from hyperactivity. I’ve tried to take a rest day for weeks, but was always too busy.

It’s important enough for many major religions and professional sports* to periodically have a day of rest. So why is it so hard to take a day off? Do you take a bye week? What do you do to relax?

*I am in no way saying they are equal, merely offering a spiritual and secular example 🙂



  1. Call me weird… I don’t find it hard to take a day off.

    But I think that living in New York (and specifically Manhattan) can make it difficult. The same is probably true of Chicago proper. I don’t want to sound all “yay suburbs” — not what I mean at all. I just think there’s a certain pace to some people’s lives that they find hard to drop, and that’s more prevalent and encouraged in large cities. It also has to do with personality.

    I COULD be much busier than I am. I could get involved in more, be more social, find more things to do. I resist getting too busy, because I like being able to leave work at 3:30, be home by 4:15 and stay there. I like spending a Sunday with a trip to Target and spending the rest of the day doing laundry and reading. It’s a conscious choice to have this lifestyle — aided by a job with hours I could arrange to my liking and that doesn’t require much of me beyond the 8-hour day.

    I am social; I see friends some weekends, go to yelp events once a month or so, etc. And family stuff takes up a decent amount of time. But when I have the opportunity to spend a Friday night with a book, I take it.

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