My husband has been traveling a bunch this month, and when he left for a recent trip, I started finding sticky notes in random places.
An "I love you" when I opened my laptop. A "safe drive" stuck to my steering wheel. (Perhaps you noticed that I'm almost out of gas?) And on the wall above my home office desk, “Don’t work too hard”.
The notes were particularly thoughtful, in a just because kind of way. But “don’t work too hard” had the greatest impact on me. It felt like a permission slip, not from him, but a reminder that I'm the only one who can give myself permission to take a break.
We'd planned for this time of year, with all of its comings and goings and deadlines. But planning for all of the things doesn't change the fact that it's still a lot of things. And when things get busy, in order to fit everything in, I sacrifice my own self care.
So, the other day I opened up my calendar and scheduled “gym” at least four times a week between now and the Listen To Your Mother show, and I put “go to bed” on my calendar, too.
Next week, the kids are on spring break, and we’re taking the week off. The show is in a month. I have writing deadlines. And I’m taking a week off.
The week off is necessary. I went to the doctor for a physical the other day, and he said something that stays with me:
"Exercise. Sleep. Prayer. Those are the things that are going to make you more efficient." (Tweet that)
The sticky note is still on my wall. It doesn't say, "Don’t work." It doesn't say, "Don't work hard." It says, "Don't work too hard." It's that little tiny too that gets me every time.
I'm sharing this in case you also need the reminder to give yourself permission to take care of you.
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