Your Permission Slip: Take a Break

Too many of women work themselves to the point of exhaustion.

Between their job, families, social obligations (i.e. volunteering, church, etc.), they have zero time to take a break and just relax. It usually takes getting sick to force a lot of women to slow down (but that’s not re-energizing downtime).

On the rare occasion when they do take some time for themselves, they can’t fully enjoy it because of feeling guilty over not doing what they’re *supposed* to do or something for someone else.

It’s time to stop this nonsense and embrace the idea of taking breaks.

Regular breaks.

So...ladies, here’s your permission slip to TAKE A BREAK.

 

WHY YOU NEED A BREAK

When was the last time you took a couple of hours to disconnect and just be you?

If you’re like most women...not recently. You probably keep meaning to, but just can’t find the time.

You know the drill...fill your calendar with all of the things that you*have* to do and then push yourself to make sure you get through the day. I bet you don’t realize that by taking breaks in that crazy schedule of yours, you’ll get more done and have more energy.

The boost in productivity that comes from taking a break is why you need a break.


The boost in productivity that comes from taking a break is why you need a break.

When you are running on all cylinders and multi-tasking every minute of your day, you aren’t fully focused or engaged. Everything you are doing is with limited resources (YOU) and could be done better if you were to slow down and give it your full attention.

That means you would do a better job with your family, your volunteer work, your job, etc. if you aren’t overdoing it and trying to be Superwoman.

When you take a break, it’s like getting a good night’s sleep.  It allows you to recharge and come back energized and stronger.

 

YES, YOU DO HAVE TIME

I realize that your biggest thought right now is probably something along the lines of “sure, an afternoon to myself to do whatever I want sounds great, but I don’t have the time.”

Am I right?  Let me tell you a little something about this oh-so-common excuse.  

We always make time for what’s important to us.  Always.

If you can’t make time for yourself, you’re telling yourself that you and your needs aren’t important.  You are just as important as your partner, your kids, your boss, your dog, your job, etc. 

You know why that is?  It's because you are the one behind all of that.  If you’re broken down and tired, you can’t manage any of that as well as you think you are.

So, stop using that excuse and start making the time.

 

GET OVER THE GUILT

For most women, taking downtime and doing something for themselves, just for the hell of it, causes immense guilt.

They feel so guilty for ‘indulging’ their own needs and ‘ignoring’ what’s on their never-ending to-do list, or sending the kids off to a sitter, or having the husband fend for himself.

To get the most from your break, you have to release the guilt.

The guilt keeps you in the mindset that you don’t deserve a break because everything and everyone else is more important than your needs and well-being.

That’s total BS!

Yes, your partner is important.  Yes, your kids are important.  Yes, your dog is important. Yes, your job, your church, your community, and all of the other commitments you pile on your plate are important.

But so are you!


Yes, your partner is important.  Yes, your kids are important.  Yes, your dog is important. Yes, your job, your church, your community, and all of the other commitments you pile on your plate are important.

But so are you!

To be the best partner, mom, employee, boss, friend, etc. that you can be, you have to value yourself. Owning your self-worth and knowing you deserve downtime and breaks make you better at everything else you do.

So...can you humor me and for just one afternoon let go of the guilt and thoroughly enjoy some time on your own??

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

What you do for your downtime or break is up to you!  You don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. You work hard, so you have more than earned the right to take a guilt-free break just for you.

So, in case you still feel a little resistant...here’s your permission slip to take a break.

Now, enjoy it!!