by Phoenix A. Desertsong, The Perpetual Prose Machine
Something that I decided to get back to recently was taking the weekend off from work. Obviously, when I worked a “traditional” Monday thru Friday job, I did this all of the time. But since being self-employed, I found myself working full-time on Saturday and Sunday, as well. With my kids getting bigger and myself feeling drained most of the time, I resolved to take my weekend back and take it off.
Of course, I still did work anyway on my first attempt. But not really on Saturday. The most I did was organize some of my old creative writing and I logged on Facebook a couple times to see what people were up to. But Sunday morning I pre-prepared a couple of Monday posts and at night I really dove into organizing things. But it was minimal and it was productive.
I know a lot of people say to take one day a week as a “self-care” day. And for me, that was spending more time with my kids. And that was good. But going forward, I really need to just unplug at least one day a week. I really need the break, and I felt a lot better mentally on Monday. I just had more focus and mental energy. Nobody’s perfect, and sometimes, you just HAVE to do something. And that’s OK.
So, yeah, it’s OK to take the weekend off, and yeah, sometimes you’ll slip up and do some work. But as long as it’s productive, that’s OK!
I haven’t taken very many work breaks in the past few years, and the lack of breaks has taken its toll on my mental and creative energies. The lack of those has really torn me apart physically and spiritually, too.
So, in order to get my work/life balance somewhat back in sync, I may have to have one unplugged day a week and one day of “light duty” like I did on that first Saturday. The calendar may not always define what exact days of the week those are, but it’s important to be flexible!
And yes, sometimes you can’t take the weekend off, whether it’s your job calls you in or you have some urgent client work to get done. And that’s OK. But whenever you can, take a break. You’ll be better off for it. Believe it or not, being better rested really does make you more productive!
How do you take time to take a break? What are the best ways you’ve found for self-care?
~ Phoenix <3
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Often known by her nickname "Ami," Ms. Phoenix Amelia Desertsong has written for many online publications, often under pen names.