One of the biggest adjustments I’ve had with self-employment is taking time off. It’s really easy to become wrapped up in work when it’s well… right here. It’s easy to work for a few hours on a Saturday morning or a Sunday evening. It’s easy to work late on weekdays. Where do you draw the line? I have to draw the line myself. I don’t have paid vacation (at least in the sense that most people know it) so I’m not pressed by a superior to take vacation days before they expire, when practicing self-care.
I took about 10 days off this summer. But I have not become accustomed to regular vacation outside of that. I will take time off during the holidays and I have taken a few extended weekends here and there. In any case, lately I’ve been feeling a little burnout.
It’s challenging to distinguish burnout from lack of motivation – at least for me. At first I thought I was just being lazy. Then I realized I had been pushing myself pretty hard since oh… mid August. Gee, maybe it’s time for a break?
This week I’m taking it easy, working a fewer hours and practicing self-care. What does that look like? Here’s what I have planned:
Practicing self care is important for you and those you love. By taking care of yourself you can better take care of others. This is especially important for caregivers such as moms. I hope these ideas can help you spend a little time on yourself and take a break for you!