How do you answer something that seems so obvious?
When people tell me that summer vacations is a source of stress – I think of the kitchen floor syndrome. It starts this way:
“How could I take a vacation when I can barely make it through a day?” (or, Why clean the floor if you can’t see the dirt?)
“I couldn’t possibly take time off from work when I’m already so behind.” (or, Why clean now when you can do it tomorrow when it’s really dirty?)
“My boss (my co workers) would be furious if I take vacation time when I’ve already missed so much time because of illness.” (or, Why clean the floor when the entire house is a mess?)
Well, maybe all of that is true. But, do you want to be that person? Ask yourself, do you believe that your body, your mind and your spirit could use a break today?
Sure a trip to Paris sounds grand (though, who wants to get on airplane with those delays, anyway?) But, even a short drive to somewhere different – for a few days in a row – instead of going into work — is a break from your routine and some new juice in the old engine.
You know, as I do, that when you live with chronic illness and you feel like you’re always coming from behind, it’s easy to forget that you also need “fun”. I know – I’ve done it. The first few years that I was working for myself, I never took a real break. I always brought my laptop with me and answered email, wrote articles and generally continued to think constantly about work. I’d get up early in the morning so my family wouldn’t notice. I told myself I was doing it because I loved it.
Then, a few years ago, my business coach (yes, I have one, too!) asked me if I really thought I had to be working when I was on vacation – or was I doing it because I was scared not to? That’s when the lightbulb went off. I was working so hard just so I could to prove to myself that chronic illness was not going to get in my way of building a successful business. But I was slowly and surely wearing myself down doing it this way.
Living with an illness means that you can work and can take the time to regroup and regenerate. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that if we wait too long to clean the grime, we won’t be able to see the color of the floor. Or remember who we are.
Rosalind aka cicoach.com