A day off

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?

A day off

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for major digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Formerly a mental health researcher, Emily also holds a master's degree in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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