Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
Take a day off regardless of finances. I learned long ago that money is nice to have but it isn't my "God" and I value my health and well being much more. Nothing like a day off to yourself to rejuvinate. Besides, if you run yourself down you get burned out and then you get sick and then you can't work even if you wanted to which means you are out days worth of pay instead of only one day.
I also value my health more than money... it's just hard to see myself taking a day off and losing that pay even though I am well. BUT on the other hand what you are saying about getting burned out is true and then that obviously becomes an even bigger problem.
Originally Posted by lunasmom
I agree...how bad would it financially hurt you if you take 1/2 a day or one day off from work to just unwind? I don't know what your job is or salary, but sometimes you can wind up just being out $50-100 bucks.
Another option is to make an appointment for a facial or massage or even a manicure/pedicure combo. Do this during your mid terms. I found that by having something relaxing going on during, I tend to do better.
One final option is to take up a kickboxing class...I'm talking about one that you can actually hit something.
I did that my last year of my bachelors and wow...I was super relaxed afterwards.
Normally it wouldn't hurt at all to just take a day off but my rent increased a few months ago and I just made a large tuition payment. I'm still struggling to get back on my feet after that hit. I owe quite a bit of money too
I think a 1/2 day isn't such a bad idea and maybe a manicure/pedicure. My biggest problem now is whenever I think I should take a few minutes to relax and start to watch TV or something, all I can think about is all the work that has to get done and I end up more stressed than before! Maybe if I'm out while trying to unwind I wouldn't have any of those guilty feelings.
Originally Posted by GingersMom
I MAKE time. Because I have to come first, or I can't cope with everything else. I'm usually crazy busy and hardly ever home.
So I make some time, turn off the ringer on the phones, don't answer the door, and I watch a movie on DVD, have some comfort food - it depends on when I am able to make that time. If I can grab a weekend day, I stay in my PJs and read a book.
If I can only squeeze in an hour, I will make a massage apointment and have a LOVELY hour-long deep relaxation.
Where there is a will, there is a way, and sometimes a compromise is required, so that you are not always compromising YOURSELF. You have to look out for #1.
You're totally right, I have to compromise otherwise I'm going to end up in the looney bin
Maybe tonight I should rent a movie and for those few hours try and block everything out and just relax. It sounds so nice!
Originally Posted by WELDRWOMN
Take a half day, sit in a nice hot bubble bath with candles and a pint of Ben & Jerry's (I'm a New York Super Fudge Chunk girl
I'm a chubby hubby fan myself but I love most ice cream anyways!! I think that would be a good addition to my relaxation process!
That is definately a gooooood quick fix and exactly what I was looking for when I get myself too frazzled!!
Thanks everyone for the support and suggestions! I hate to sound so whiny and I don't want to be complaining but I just feel so stressed and off lately. I'm normally very optimistic and stress very little so this is an odd change for me.