I am still learning that it is important to take periodic breaks from whatever you are doing. I experience first hand the benefits of this with my exercise. When I take a rest day or a rest week, I come back to my workouts stronger and more determined than ever. That being said, I still find it hard to take a rest day. I’m getting better since I now view these days as a time to do easier exercises.
This point was brought home to me as I was driving to see a dear friend, whom I hadn’t seen in several months. My life right now is a juggling act. I don’t believe there is such a thing as balance since balance implies something static. Taking care of my Mom is taking a lot of my time and energy. I also worry that I am not using my brain to its full capacity, so I consider my volunteer consulting work to be a God send. This leaves little time for much else. I try to keep in touch with my friends, but it’s with a quick phone call or email.
There is also a part of me that feels guilty if I take a week day to do something fun. There is no reason on earth why I shouldn’t, but I still feel the guilt.
I had such a wonderful time with my friend. I felt as though a huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. As a matter of fact, as I was basking in the pretty countryside while driving to see her, the idea for this blog post popped into my head. I love it what that happens.
So my lesson learned is that we all need to take a break sometimes. It doesn’t necessarily mean a two week vacation to an exotic local. It can be as simple as a 10 minute stand and stretch break. I must keep reminding myself of that.
What about you? Do you find it hard to take breaks?
This beautiful relaxation photo is courtesy of Muha’s Flickr Photostream, under Creative Commons Licensing.