Let's back up.
I remember when I used to say I needed a break when I was younger (20s). Back then, the reality was, that I slept in until late on the weekends, binge watched hours of Real World (and whatever else was on Mtv), and rarely cooked for myself. I had a lot of time.
Now in my 40s, with a husband and 2 kids, I need a freaking break.
But I don't make an effort to take one when I need one.
Aren't we all better when we have taken care of ourselves?
Who is the invisible person MAKING us keep going?
Are we creating "busy"?
Ok, yes. I have to feed my kids and watch them. And I like a clean house. However, just like anything that is important, you have to make time for these restorative breaks. I was practicing piano last week, on the only day I CHOSE to take the time. And it felt like a gift. It was a reminder to make that time for me, to remember who I am, to center.
The things that I like to do to feel rejuvenated are these:
-get on pinterest
-make a craft, scrapbook. sew, etc etc etc
-have a cup of joe, declare "Mommy's having her coffee! Please give me 20 minutes to finish my cup of coffee!" (And the kids KNOW.)
-update my planner (with stickers and washi and pens)
-play a Bigfish game on my computer
-read a magazine
-listen to music
I'd love to hear what you do. I want to hear as a reminder to yourself to take that break, and a reminder to myself to do the same.