I’ve had a long week at work today. Work has been stressful of late, and I have been coming home at night instead of the evening.
I’ve always been very strict about getting up early and having a productive morning.
But not today. Today, I woke up and decided to not have anything planned out. I am not going to allow myself to feel guilty about not going to the gym. I am not going to beat myself up for not writing my Morning Pages (which I still did, because I cannot stop the writer in me). I am not going to feel bad about binge-watching YouTube videos, or binge-eating potato chips.
After a long and stressful week, I deserve a break.
So many of us are caught up trying to be as productive as we can. We tell ourselves that we have so much to do but so little time to do them. We get anxious when we feel like we are running out of time.
But we forget. We forget that we need rest to be better versions of ourselves. We need rest so that we are in a better shape to be productive. We need rest to heal, whether it is mentally, physically or emotionally.
So I declare today to be my rest day. I will do whatever I feel like doing, whenever I feel like doing them. Everything else can wait until tomorrow. I am going to be a rebel today, which can feel quite uncomfortable to me because I have always been a very structured and organised person. I mean, I am one of those crazies who schedules her “vacuum” time in her calendar!
But I will step out of my comfort zone today because I need to. My health needs me to. In fact, I am writing this post on the WordPress app on my phone, something I’ve never done before (I prefer to write on my laptop where I can get a better overview of my writing). Since I’ve decided to do things differently today, I’m refusing to get up to get my laptop to write this.
Allow yourself to have the downtime you need. You deserve it.