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?
Published by Emily P.G. Erickson
Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. She crafts helpful, science-backed pieces that come straight from the heart. Her writing about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood has appeared in The New York Times, Elemental, Forge, and more. View more posts