That changed this past week.
I saw that I didn't have anything planned for this weekend and thought it would be a good time for a mental health vacation. I left work at lunch on Thursday feeling a little bit like a truck had run over me, but it was just mountain cedar. After a three-hour nap, I was as a good as new. Make that Exhibit A of why I needed to take some time off.
I've enjoyed more than just that nap over the past three and a half days. During that time, the Lord seemed to be writing a prescription for this introvert's heart and mind to rest while simultaneously being recharged and renewed. Some of the highlights have included:
--the three-hour nap (worth mentioning again)
--no forced bedtimes
--no being awakened by an alarm clock
--leisurely lunch at The Kimbell
--a long hot bath
--a walk at TCU (would have taken a couple more, but oh the mountain cedar!)
--dinner with a friend at a new restaurant and crafts afterwards (making a t-shirt to match my pajama pants)
--sipping Barney & Sons Pomegranate Oolong hot tea or Trader Joe's Organic Hot Chocolate almost every day
Ideally, I would have loved to have spent this time at a scenic cabin or a pretty lakehouse, but the fact that I was at my house meant no packing or travel, which also has its perks. And, I was able to run some errands and get some chores done during brief spurts when I was able to pull myself away from reading.
But I admit that this wasn't a guilt-free time of relaxation. There always seems to be this twinge of guilt over taking time off for myself rather than using my time off in a more sacrificial way.
How do you balance the two? I'd love some insight. And I'd enjoy hearing what your perfect prescription for recharging is.