Did you ever have a day where you don’t feel like doing anything? You know the days where you want to stay in bed or on the couch watching TV or reading a book?How do feel when you have those days? Are you able to fully relax and enjoy the time off or do you have underlying guilt for not accomplishing whatever you think it is you should be doing instead of what you are doing?
Do you think you have to be sick in order to validate downtime? And therefore, do you get sick often to allow yourself this time?
‘Wasting the Day away guilt’ is a syndrome that I suffer from for many years. Ever since second grade when a teacher wrote on my report card that “Fran does not make good use of her time”. I have struggled with the feeling of not doing the right thing at the right time. Somewhere I believe that the busier I am the better I am.
Thank goodness for a wise woman who told me once that doing nothing could actually be the most productive thing at the time. And I will tell you I have to remind myself of that when I decide to “waste the day away”. I now have much less guilt and much less remorse when I take these days because I see how doing so provides a much better tomorrow for me. One with a clear head, newfound energy, and a rested body, mind and spirit.
I encourage anyone to take time off if they have not had replenishment, regrouping and rejuvenation time in a long time. It’s not a luxury it’s a necessity to be the best you there could be. Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty, you deserve it.