Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Taking a Day for Me
Life has been a whirlwind lately. That is not a bad thing though. We were blessed with spending time with all three grandsons over the weekend. Our oldest two, Bradley and Isaiah, spent the night on Saturday and Steven and Jaysn came up to play that day. Oh the boys had so much fun together as Jaysn made them all swords with rolled up newspapers! Why do we spend so much money on toys when just being creative with things we have on hand can bring so much joy to little ones? 😊 When Rachel got off work later that day, we all headed into town to go bowling. It had been quite awhile since we did that as a family and both Bradley and Isaiah love to go bowling, so it was a real treat for them.
Sunday afternoon, Jeff and I took some time out for just the two of us and went on a date. We went to lunch, hit the thrift store and then went to see the latest Avengers movie. It was nice just to have that time with each other. I think we need more date times.
With the weather getting warmer again, I have been trying to spend more time outside and go on daily walks. Some of the time Rachel, Steven and Jaysn will join either myself or Jeff and I both. Steven loves these walks as he has a comfy ride and a nice view from his stroller. I'm also enjoying being able to hang the laundry out on the line to dry. It smells so good!
This time of year I am also busy trying to get things caught up around the house that I put off over the colder months since my health does not cooperate then. With the warmer weather, I feel better and am able to get more done. I still need to be careful though not to push myself too hard or I will end up in a bad flare/crash.
That being said, I have been pushing myself a bit too much lately and it has not left me with much time or energy to blog or even read my friends blogs. I miss doing so and I miss keeping in contact with everyone. My Frugal Friday Wrap Up for last week was never finished, so I will be combining it with this weeks meager frugal doings. I forgot to write things down this week so I am sure there will be many gaps in the post.
Today I decided just to take a day for me. It's kind of a "mental health vacation day" as one of my old bosses would say. He actually required us to take two of those days each school year since Special Education teachers have a very high burnout rate. If we did not take them, he would call us into his office and basically tell us that we were going to be taking them so pick a date or two. He was a very wise and loving man who genuinely cared about his staff. Recently I have found myself becoming a bit overwhelmed and craving some down time so when I woke up today I thought this would be the perfect day to take that time for myself. I have no outside commitments, it's a gorgeous day and I also have nothing here at home that absolutely needs to be done right now. I'm "investing" in myself and recharging my battery. 😉 I can't even express how good it feels to just relax and not feel any pressure to do anything or feel any guilt whatsoever for making the choice to do so.
Sometimes I feel like we, as women especially, try to do too much and be there for everyone else and forget about taking care of ourselves. We get so caught up in making sure that everyone else's needs are being met and put aside our own needs much of the time. As a young mother, my husband was very good at seeing when I was reaching my burnout point and would send me off for a few hours of peace and quiet. I can see when my girls are reaching that point too and try to give them needed breaks also. Being a mother is hard work and you are at it 24/7.
Now that I am a grandmother and home full time, I still need those breaks. I do rest a lot on a daily basis in between my daily tasks due to my health but this is different. This is a day to do whatever I please with no pressure whatsoever. I'm not looking at a "to do" list covering most of my white board. I'm not seeing appointments on the calendar that need to be gotten to. I'm not even going to be bothered by the weeds in the front garden that need to be pulled...they can wait until tomorrow. This day is for me and I am going to fully embrace and enjoy it.
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It's so important to do that every now and again. When I take a day for me I'll still get a few things done but I'll also take time to read a book in between. Read a few chapters, get up fold some laundry....read a few more, get up and do the floors (hate that chore!) Enjoy your day for you!ReplyDelete
Thanks Debbie. Your day for you sounds like my every day routine. ;)Delete
Thanks for sharing this post. I'm so glad you were able to take the day and 'fill up' your tanks, so to speak.ReplyDelete
Amazing, too, how the weather effects us. I'm beginning to think I'm the same way. I have noticed an uptick of energy with the spring weather and sunny days. I,too, have to be careful. Truth - I crashed a bit on Tuesday afternoon from doing too much over the weekend.
Having a great weather day here as well. No clouds and sun and the perfect temp. I have the windows open!!
Sending hugs, SJ
Hi my friend! I am sorry you crashed. I did the same thing yesterday after doing way too much for the previous days.Delete
I love mental health days. I haven't had one in a while. As moms we do tend to over do it making sure everyone else is ok before we take care of ourselves. I hope you have a wonderful day.ReplyDelete
Thank you and yes, we really do!Delete
Good for you!!!ReplyDelete
Tea and a Lifetime movie?
A cozy afternoon nap?
Some time in the sun with a lemonade?
Whatever it is, you enjoy. : )
HI Billie jo. :) After reading this I now want so lemonade. LOL! Great suggestion and very timely since it is going to be 77F here today. ;) Be blessed!Delete
I have finally figured out why none of my comments have been showing up!ReplyDelete
I am glad you got a day for yourself. The closest I've come to that is going to the dentist all by myself yesterday. Not exactly my idea of a fun time out, but at least there were no cavities!
Yay for no cavities! I think you need to sneak away for a bit just by yourself. We all need that time to recharge. :)Delete
Good for you, I so desperately need a day off.ReplyDelete
Yes you do. Time to have mom go and stay with your sister and you go away from the house so that you don't look at all there is to do. Maybe a night away should be in the cards for you. ;)Delete
Good for you Debbie. We need days like those sometimes. Probably more often than we actually take them! Be good to yourself and take care. :)ReplyDelete
I hope you are being good to yourself also. Being a single mom, you have a lot on your shoulders. Be blessed!Delete
I hope your day was a really lovely one, Debbie. It's so important to leave everything behind sometimes and just do what brings you joy and a sense of wellbeing. I think so many of us have lost that skill of doing "nothing", of being able to sit with a cuppa or go for a stroll without feeling like we "should" be doing something else. Good on you! Meg:)ReplyDelete
Awwww...Thanks Meg. I really think we all NEED to do that for ourselves but very few of us actually do it.Delete
Hope you enjoyed a lovely day and was able to relax and recharge your batteries!ReplyDelete
Thank you Bless and yes, it was wonderful and just what I needed!Delete