You are having an amazing week! You are hammering out your goals and nailing them. Boom! Boom! Boom! Then Saturday rolls around. You have so much momentum going, and you know Saturday is the day that you can go even further—really make some headway—maybe tackled a goal you hadn’t even considered for this week…Only…you don’t want to.
Maybe you feel stuck. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you are just tired. Working toward our goals can leave us exhausted. Maintaining momentum while working creatively and keeping all of the other plates in the air that we must juggle in our daily life can absolutely wear us out physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
As great as it sounds to take a big bite out of another goal, I want to encourage you to listen and honor the part of you that needs to rest. Give yourself a day off.
Okay, great! You have a day off. That is a huge step in the right direction—an amazing step in taking care of yourself. Now, what?
Now, you listen to your heart about what you most need today.
Questions to Consider:
- Do you want to go out or stay in?
- Do you want time alone or to be with friends or family?
- Is there something you have been putting off that you would like to do today?
- Is there a chore that would bring satisfaction?
What? Do a chore on my day off? Yes, maybe. Sometimes, taking care of a basic chore—cleaning the house or getting groceries can feel very nurturing—especially if that’s what you want to do, and you are setting time aside to do it and not feel rushed.
I had a day like this yesterday. I decided that what I most wanted was time alone. The chore I most needed to accomplish happened to be grocery shopping. I took time before I left for the store to choose a couple of new recipes to try and to menu plan for the week. This alone felt very nurturing since I am usually in a rush with grocery shopping and don’t put that much thought into it. However, on my “day off” I had plenty of time to get organized, to go to the store and get what I needed and get it all put away when I got home. I also took the opportunity to clean out the fridge and do a little puttering/kitchen organizing. The second big activity for my “day off” was reading. I listen to audible books when I am driving, but I hardly ever get a chunk of time to read the old-fashioned way. I curled up on the couch with my coffee and my golden retriever and my book, and read without a time limit! Then, in the evening, I tried a new recipe for dinner.
This day left me feeling refreshed. I did not allow any guilt for taking a day off. I did what I needed to take care of myself and tackle new creative goals next week.
My next day off I may not have any interest at all in grocery shopping or reading. I may want to get my nails done or organize my bookshelf or take my dog on an adventure. The key to getting the most out of your day off is really listening to your heart about what you most want to do, and embracing whatever activity you choose. It does not mean that you are boring if what you most want to do is clean the kitchen, and it does not mean that you are frivolous if you want to get your nails done or go shoe shopping. Allow your heart to whisper to you and honor what it says.