Mental Health: Taking A Day Off

It’s a blessing to be off work right now. After having my son, I am taking time off work as a home health aide, working on my blog, building my business and taking care of the kids. Before I gave birth, I actually told my husband I wanted to go back to work as soon as possible. But reality set in. Of course, I can’t just leave my newborn and go back to work. I just don’t have anyone trusted to babysit for me.

So I am taking this time to work on my blog, build my brand and take care of the kids. I spend a lot of time on my computer. Sometimes I feel guilty because I would like to be spending more time with my 2 older kids, but that’s just something I just have to get over every day. As a blogging mom, I work at home and need to find ways to occupy the kids for 2 hour stretches of time while I get blog posts written, spend time on social media, answer and write emails, etc.

I take weekends off most of the time. Right now, I am away at my mom’s. It feels like an extended weekend, but it’s really not. I am working at her house, but just being away is a good breather for my husband and I. We come here often. For health reasons, she couldn’t make it up to our house to see the baby after he was born, and was getting anxious about it. So we packed up the kids to come see her. It just happens to be Labor Day weekend, as well. By the way, I saw my Grandmother for the first time in about ten years. She met my kids for the first time as well. That made my day, weekend, year!

Lately, I have been listening to a lot of entrepreneurs. Self help books and audios have been inspiring and motivating me to do new things, reach for higher and just building my belief in my dream to be self sufficient, financially. I do not want my husband or I to have to work for anyone else. Ever again. I don’t remember who it was, but I was listening to one guy say that when he first started working, he worked every single day for five years. Yes, he was single, though (Ha!) I’m sure there are married people with kids who work every single day, with no days off; But how often does that destroy marriages and families? But, I digress.

Allowing yourself a day off once in a while is good for your mental health. To breathe without your boss (or co-workers) watching you. Do some self care. To spend quality time with your family. To sit down. To watch movies. Whatever it is that is going to let you rest and recharge. Work will always be there.

It’s a good thing to work hard! But it is important to take care of yourself. Each of us have different schedules and responsibilities, but it needs to be a priority to have a day to rest and recharge every so often. Make it a part of your schedule. For some, it may be once a month. For some, once every 3 months, twice a year, or once a year. A lot of people thrive off work and it’s hard to function without work or a project to engage in. Even those people need to force themselves to rest. Our bodies need it. Our minds need it.

Yes, I have goals. For myself and my family. I want to leave a legacy for my children. Financial, yes. But I also want them to know deep within their hearts and beings that they are loved. That they are valuable. I realize that all this puts a lot on my plate. But I have to keep things in good perspective and take it in stride.

Jesus said:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

With Him, I can do all things, but He promises us rest and we must allow ourselves grace, as he wants to freely give it to us.

What are some things you do when you take time off and recharge?



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