One of the joys of a long and trusting relationship, is a level of trust that makes it possible for someone to say, "have you been feeling down recently and you have been kind of terse." A quick thought, and WH was right. The routine has been getting to me. I miss traveling and the adventure of a change of pace. I arranged to go into the office for a couple of hours to pick up and drop off a few things one day last week, but that didn't do it. So I emailed the boss that I needed a couple of "mental health" days, and took Friday and Monday off.
A few years ago I did a blog post about calling in mentally ill, and it drew criticism that I wasn't taking mental illness seriously. I meant no offence and won't call this that. But I think that we need to take a break and seek balance when we notice that things are getting out of balance.
This has been an interesting and challenging year. Working at home, makes taking a day off less different than it did when I was not working at home. I remember asking cousin Bill how he liked retirement, his response was "it is great, but you never get a day off." We need to create our day off. I need to take steps to differentiate being home and not working, from being home and working. It started with shutting off my office email, and sending messages to key people that I was taking a couple of personal days (I bowed out of one meeting that I was dreading as there is a pissing match going on over leadership - when they have finished the squabble I will be glad to help with programing.) Then I thought of what have I not done? I have not had my car washed, it needed it (actually both of them did.) There is a little random shopping to do. Oh, and my morning started off with a temporary crown popping off during breakfast, for the second time. I should be in the chair having the permanent crown glued on as you read this Tuesday morning.
Take a day off,
Get out for a long walk, or roll,
Take a drive,
Do a little shopping,
Listen to music that makes you happy,
Think about end of the year traditions,
Remember, few people ever die, being proud of all of the unused vacation leave, sick leave, and paid personal leave they are leaving behind.
When was the last time you took a day off, just because you needed it?