Sometimes I am busy.
I’m not just talking about “doing a lot of activities” busy, I mean the “work until morning/lose your brain/forget to eat/stay up insanely late and throw off your whole day by accidentally sleeping in an extra hour” busy.
And it’s a problem. A real, legitimate problem, at times.
The weird thing, though, is that most everyone I know does this – gets so wrapped up in doing things that they forget to rest. Hang out. Take time to just breathe.
I know that talking about the subject of this “busy culture” sounds totally cliche and unhelpful, but it’s a particularly interesting thing for me because I used to be AWESOME at chilling out. I took a Sabbath (AKA day off – no work, no homework, no obligations at all, actually) once a week every week when I was in college. Sometimes it was Saturday, sometimes it was Sunday, depending on my class schedule for that term, but I was very intentional about doing it. I would not schedule meetings or rehearsals or group work on that day, no matter what.
And. It. Was. Glorious.
So I often wonder why I don’t even attempt to do that again – it’s true that I work two jobs now, and that has a huge effect on things, but it’s kind of upsetting when, try as I might, I can’t remember the last time I took one full day off, never mind one every week.
I do realize that I’m lucky to be employed, and I am incredibly grateful for that, please don’t misunderstand me, but sometimes (because I’m so busy) I realize that I am only able to give partial effort and focus to the things that I am doing. And that’s not a good thing either.
I guess I’m curious as to how other people handle this – what do others do to make sure they have time for themselves to relax and be out of “work mode” while being realistic to their lives and schedules?
What do you all do? How to you find that delicate balance?