Another week is here friends, and this is your reminder that it’s OK to take time for yourself when you need it. I stumbled upon this quote this evening, and it hit me: I’m my longest commitment. And you are your longest commitment.
Let that sink in for second.
You are your longest commitment.
So, if you need to take to a day for you, do it! I’m not saying we should live our lives as if everyday is holiday, but I am saying that you shouldn’t feel bad for needing some down time. It’s normal. It’s natural.
We’re not robots who are meant to work non-stop everyday. And believe me, I’m not one to slow down. I like to keep a full plate, but sometimes, you just can’t.
Not long ago, I read an article that was saying many Millennials starting in their full time careers would rather go to work sick than take a day off, because they feel ashamed to ask for time off. They feel like they aren’t performing like they should because we’ve created a culture that’s centered around working. Not to get too technical, but according to Forbes, “people in the United States work more hours per week, on average, than any other developed country.” And maybe that’s something we should be proud of, but at what cost?
YOU should be one of your top priorities. And there should be no shame in being able to admit that.
You are worth the time. You are worth the effort. You are worth a minute, an hour, a day to yourself.
There’s a quote towards the end of one of my favorite movies where a character is breaking up with her boyfriend, and she says “I’ve been in a relationship with myself for 49 years, and that’s the one I really need to work on.”
I don’t think anyone would “boo” her for saying that, if anything we should be cheering. And if you think you need to work on your relationship with yourself, I’ll cheer for you, too.