When you take a day off from work, especially one after months and months of showing up dutifully every single day, is it just me or do you feel like a completely different person? Like there’s a freedom that opens up in your stomach and radiates through all parts of your body. The tension in your back and head go away, and suddenly you’re care-free Karen feel as giddy as a child on Christmas.
This is me today. After months of not taking a full day off, just for a mental holiday, I’m left wondering, ‘how do I make this the best day off?’ I want to get shit done but at the same time, I want to relax.
Do you clean the house and get those dumb little chores that you need done, done? Or do you go shopping? Then between all these thoughts are the dumb things you do to waste away just minutes that seem to turn into hours. I mean, before writing this, I began to go down the rabbit hole of YouTube, watching videos of songs I love or haven’t heard in years including:
- Bicycle by Skylar Grey
- American Boy by Estelle and Kayne West (this is an ode to my U.K. readers)
- So What by Pink
- Stupid Girl by Pink
But to have a rejuvenating or meaningful day off, I think it honestly takes discipline and will power. Maybe I’m over thinking this but hear me out. You don’t need to have A.D.D to sit down to watch 1 episode of Shitt’s Creek at 11 then by 3, you realize you just finished an entire season. Or if you go into a store to treat yourself with 1 purchase but see 4 dresses you like, say “fuck it” and spend half a paycheck. Or for example I tell myself, I’m going to clean up or fold laundry for just 20 minutes. At minute 21 I’m like “the only thing left are the socks. I can put those together. Oh crap, forgot about the laundry still in the dryer. Well I can just knock that out real quick.”
A List for My Day Off
So guys, I think after writing this, I’ve decided to put myself on a schedule today. It will be filled with things that make me happy but a few chores too. After all, I’m going to be sitting at soccer fields from 8 a.m to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, I need to live today up!
What do you think about this? Do you actually struggle on a day off? Are you great at finding the balance or are you a complete couch potato?
Right now, if I get an actual entire day to myself, I waste it being lazy. While I technically have two days off from work, Fridays are still spend getting up early, making breakfast for the students and cleaning up, and I always have either an appointment or Bible study to attend to. And Sundays I always have church. So I never actually just get a day to myself. If I want one, I will skip church and be at home all day. But that is also bad because 1) I’m skipping church and 2) I see that my floor needs swept or things need dusting but I have no energy to do that lol I used to do it on Fridays but now that I have the “house mother” responsibilities that doesn’t happen very often.
Yeah, it sounds like you don’t have much time on your usual days off and that sucks. I don’t think you should feel guilty skipping church every now and then. Before soccer every flippin’ weekend, I would take the boys (kicking and screaming) to church probably 3 out of 4 Sundays a month. Now our religion is that of the sidelines for a while.
Yeah I really don’t have much free time at all. It’s one thing that I am actually looking forward to in my upcoming job switch. Even for the summer I am trying to keep my weekends free as much as possible just for some down time.
Sorry for the late response! Isn’t it such a great feeling when you have free time to look forward to? So relaxing!
No problems over the late response! And it was a great day!! I did my little bit of work (breakfast and clean up) and then spent the rest of my day on my couch! Lol Netflix and cross stitch hehe
I have the same thing when I get time to myself, I love the time but it goes so quickly. I guess I need to plan it too 🙂
In theory, Monday is my day off. Even so, I usually work on freelance for a few hours. This week is recital week for my daughter, which translates into multiple days of getting to and from rehearsals and performances on a strict schedule, so I used today to get my hair cut and get some blood work done. Boring, but quiet, and really, that was something I needed.
So now that it’s Saturday, how did your daughter’s recital week go? Don’t you feel as if you’re on a hampster wheel? Like you want to get off but getting off means you won’t make money, the laundry will pile up and the house will be trashed. At least that’s what it means for me to get off the hampster wheel.
Her recital was great! My kids are old enough now that the house won’t be trashed, but that’s taken years of training, lol.
Awe, I’m so glad it went well! And seriously, I think that’s all it is….good ole’ fashion training. Like training a puppy! LOL!