I am being serious. I 100% buy in to the idea that periods of rest are important for human beings, but the older I get, the less sure I am of how to engineer one for myself. I was never great at taking time fully off of whatever I was doing, but as a mom of young kids, I really can’t picture fully shutting down my responsibilities for one day. After all, I can’t just turn off my kids. Whenever I hit a mental wall like this, I try to look for things I can shift in my assumptions. In this case, I am rethinking my idea of what it means to take a day off. Maybe instead of a day off, it’s a few hours. Or maybe instead of fully “off,” it’s just deciding to put a prohibition on laundry and vacuuming for one day. Or maybe it’s one day a week with no outside commitments. I haven’t quite figured it out yet. How do you fit the idea of a “day off” into your busy life?
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Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts