Friday, September 23, 2011
Mental Health Day
I'm taking a day off from work today - for no better reason than I felt like I needed a mental health day. I have never done this before. I have a chronic case of Inadequate Vacation Time Anxiety. For some reason, I'm mentally stuck in the years when I had to hoard my vacation time like gold, and it was all spoken for as soon as I accrued it - for weddings, graduations, routine trips to visit family, and then maybe a short leisure trip. Although this month was my tenth anniversary at my job (bumping me to a new level of time off), I'm also in the life stage of adding babies, funerals, and surgeries to the time-commitments list. And both of my siblings now live in other cities. Plus, this is the freest I'll ever be to travel, and I want to make sure I'm taking advantage of it in between all those other things.
I've been busier than ever recently, and when my Macbook broke down this week, I broke down too, trying to figure out what class or event I could skip in order to take it out to the Apple Store. I was at the end of my rope. Suddenly all I could think about was how great it would be to take Friday off. To be quietly at home, enjoying the beautiful fall weather, working on my fall wreath, taking care of neglected home things and stretching out in my hammock with my highly-anticipated copy of Goliath. So, after my sister and friends reassured me multiple times that it wasn't irresponsible, I asked for the time off. And I am very happy about it. :)
Am I the only one who struggles to relax or take time off for no reason? :)