Call it a break, stay-cation, holiday, whatever. you need one. a long one, more than a ‘day off’. I’ve been getting by with days off for the past three years, just about squeezing in a supposed long weekend where i never relax, and it wasn’t until I took a proper- not-looking-at-emails-lounging around-holiday that i realised how important it is to take a break.
Sadly we can’t all live off the ‘fat of the land’ and with the world the way it is today we’re busier than ever to make the best of ourselves, FOR ourselves, our future and companies we work for. But what about enjoying this allocated space of time called life? What about the experiences, sights, tastes and people all around us? Spoil yourself with a break, spoil someone else who otherwise can’t afford a break. We all need time, we become so clogged otherwise we forget what life really is.
Don’t plan, just do.
I suck without an itinerary of some sort, like what the hell do i do next? how will I know to have lunch if it’s not pencilled in? I know now to really relish in a break you need to set no rules, boundaries or expectations. Today things will or won’t be done. Tomorrow much of the same… and this way your body really does what it needs to and you come back refreshed.
It’s not just about wanting to go to Bora Bora, it’s filling the mind and body with something other than screens and writing and deadlines. It’s decluttering. It’s energy.
Breaks or holidays are not to squeeze in other tasks such as the doctor’s check up and bank visits this will only end in more tears and stress, I’m certain. If you have to do ‘life admin’ call it in as exactly that so you aren’t kidding yourself or anyone around you that you’ve actually had some you-time. This also means people are vary aware you still need real time off.
Stress is serious, mental health is serious and both are very real things that can come on at any time. Whilst stopping doesn’t automatically mean you’re free from anxiety it does give the mind a chance to release build up and give you time for self care.
Treat Yo’ Self
To your favourite meals, that perfume on your list (hey, Sisley what you sayin’?) a stroll around parts of your town you’ve never been to, a book, a film, a new note pad, write, draw, enjoy and relish in yourself and (your) company. Be good to yourself. We need time to redo, re think, re plan, re assess and come back to life fighting.
We don’t get another chance and since I don’t know how long my chance is, my dice roll and four space shuffle to the left will land me on a break. Whether you can travel far and wide alone, want to eat at the dinner table with your loved ones or go to france with your significant other, give yourself time. You bloody need it.