The need for downtime

I have been going non-stop since the semester began.  I knew this would be a busy time, since I have been part of a team at school working on a public relations campaign for a national competition.  I knew it would be tough and I have never wavered on my commitment to the team or the event we planned.  

The event was Sunday.  I was absolutely exhausted when it was over and wanted to go to bed by 7 p.m. On Monday, I felt better, but the kids have school vacation this week and were bored. I needed to study for two exams.  We couldn’t do anything fun–we didn’t have time.  I didn’t mind vacation when I was home.  I don’t love it anymore.

By Tuesday and Wednesday, I was still tired, although by then it was more of a mental fatigue.  

I needed to regroup.

Fortunately, my sister-in-law and brother-in-law volunteered to host the boys for a sleepover, so off they went yesterday.  The boys are with my mother–in-law and father-in-law tonight.  

This has been much needed.  My husband and I went out for dinner last night.  I got a manicure and pedicure after my classes today.  I’ve gotten homework done today and while I do need to do laundry, I  feel like I am finally “relaxing” a bit (as much as one can relax while dealing with a full-time college course load).  

My kids have had a great few days and I’ve gotten some time to just be.  It’s a win-win.  

I think it’s important for me to realize that sometimes I just need a bit of a break.  I’m not always going to have someone to take the kids for long stretches of time (this is the first time I’ve been away from them for more than one night, with the exception of hospital stays and a trip I took when my oldest was one), but doing something little for myself or spending some quality time with my husband can go a long way in making me feel like a new woman.

Now on to the laundry that needs to be done……… 

 

2 thoughts on “The need for downtime

  1. It’s so important to take that quality time.

    Found you from the comment you left on my mom’s “freshly pressed” post. I think it’s so great that you’ve taken on the college route. What a great example for your family!

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