Have you ever felt like you have been going non-stop for months? That you are constantly running on 5 hours of sleep and 2 cups of coffee? That you’ve been so busy that you could shut down at any moment?
I think that we have all been there. We have all had so many things going on in our lives that we haven’t been able to sit down and relax and do something for ourselves in months. And how could we have time to relax? We all have work, school, and many other activities on our plate that we have to get done or attend.
But this is when people start to burn out.
Like I mentioned in my blog post “High Achiver Land” – Lindsay Boccardo , I live in “High Achiever Land” and I’m always going to find a task, accomplish it, and move on and find a new task to accomplish. But high achiever or not, no one is superman and no one can go on for months end without rest. That is why everyone needs a “me” day every once in a while.
Last semester, I began to feel that I was burning out. I felt that school was becoming so overwhelming, I was almost always running late to work, and all the duties I had to complete for being president was getting to be too much. I think it is important to be able to recognize that for yourself and know that you have had too much and just need a break, even if it is just for a day. So I decided that instead of having a break down from being too overwhelmed, I needed a “me” day.
A “me” day can consist of anything, as long as you are able to refill, reboot, recharge, relax, and recover. I think it is easy to get caught up in being there for everyone else, but we need to remember how important it is to be there for ourselves too. A “me” day can be anything. It can be treating yourself to a manicure or pedicure, going on hike with your dog, taking yourself out to dinner, and even going to see a movie. A “me” day can be having a movie marathon with your friends, going home and seeing your parents, or even going to a coffee shop and reading a book.
This past Friday I took a “me” day and took off work, put away my school stuff for the day and went on a hike down to Tahoe with my mom, brother, and dog. It was nice to get a break from my responsibilities and spend time with my brother before he heads off to college.
I have realized that taking a “me” day is really important for finding my balance. And hopefully after reading this article you will think about how important “me” days are, and that you should take one too.
How do you find balance? Comment below and let me know!