I remember summer breaks when I was a kid. I felt so relaxed. It was a relief after nine months of hectic schedules with school, piano lessons, gymnastic lessons, band, etc. I felt free!
Over the years, things have changed. I noticed that my adult “days off” felt nothing like a break. I was doing housework, house projects, landscaping projects, art, dancing, hiking, reading, sightseeing, visiting museums, visiting friends and family. All good activities, but I was longing for a REAL break. I wanted to feel that sense of freedom and relief I did at the beginning of summer breaks when I was a kid.
So I’ve decided to take one real day off a week. My goal isn’t to not doing any of the things I listed above. It’s to not do anything that feels like work and to not do anything I need to push myself to do. Whatever I do on my day off needs to have that relaxed summer vacation feel.
This week, Monday was my real day off. I felt nervous about not having anything planned. I thought I might get bored. I did have two appointments—the dentist and a massage. (By the way, my dental appointments are actually fun because I have a cool dentist.) But I left the rest of the day open with the intention of relaxing and feeling like I did as a kid on summer break.
I did some light reading in the morning and took a leisurely pace in getting ready for the day. After my dentist appointment, I enjoyed making my own lunch and savoring it. I exercised as I watched old Monte Pythons. I took a nap on our patio. I then went for my massage. I ended the day with a nice dinner with my husband.
I never once felt bored. In fact, I thought I could live that way every day. The slower pace helped me to truly enjoy what I was experiencing.
Ahhhh…I highly recommend it.