Each day I need time to myself and to spend time with Scott. Actual face time, even if it’s just for 10 minutes before going to sleep but I need something. I try really hard to ensure this happens every single day.
Most times people are confused or poke fun when I say that because both Scott and I work from home. While it is true that we are technically spending the day together, it’s not like this is quality bonding time.
While working from home does have it’s benefits (see, working in PJs) it doesn’t mean we’re sitting around twiddling our thumbs or having huge deep discussions about life. It just means we’re working. Scott’s doing his thing and I’m doing my thing, hardly something that could be called “togetherness”. So at the end of the day I’m ready to chill out and see both my boys.
My version of chilling out is much the same as Rocky’s. I want to get snug on the couch and veg. Even better is getting snug in my bed and reading before calling it a night and going to sleep.
Making sure I have some down time before sleeping is key to me getting a well rested and peaceful night’s sleep. This is also the time I make sure I’m able to hang out with Scott. I’m picky about reading too, it must be a book. No magazines. In theory I love magazines but in reality I never want to read them. If I’m reading then I want it to be a book!
When I don’t get these things (downtime and face time) I’m left feeling a little out of sorts and off balance. It’s amazing how much it really throws my body for a loop when I can’t get any down time and go right from one day straight into the next day.
I think a lot of people struggle with downtime and relaxation. Our society tells us that we have all these things that need to get done in a certain amount of time and if you take time to just chill out you are being selfish and wasting time that could be spent being productive.
As if downtime and relaxing isn’t being productive!
Our bodies need to be well rested and relaxed in order for us to be able to be at our best. We need some time to hang out and think about nothing at all. In reality, we are more productive when we are more rested and relaxed!
This is the exact reason that I have Family Day for us as well. That’s on Sunday and the most I want to do on that day is not much of anything but spend time with my family. It’s a nice way to wrap up the week and decompress before the new week begins. It gives me a chance to get some quality time with Scott and maybe plan out the upcoming week so I will feel less stressed as I go through it.
It helps me feel centered and grounded. It also gives my inner introvert a chance to recharge.
Do you make sure that you give yourself time each day and each week to relax and recharge? Or are you the type who is on the go constantly looking to get things done?