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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 🙂