Enjoying Time For Just You
While recently having a discussion with one of my friends who has two small children, she mentioned having the need to just get away sometimes but no sooner than when she's afforded the opportunity, she misses the little chicks and wants to go back running home. I've experienced this myself on various occasions. When it's time for the airport departures, we become all teary eyed and as we approach the ticket kiosk, we feel a certain level of guilt and anxiety. We wonder if we actually deserve to get away and if it'll even be worth it because we're so horrible for leaving our loved ones behind so there's absolutely no possibility that we'll have a fun and enjoyable experience. Please excuse the sarcasm but that is exactly how some of us feel at times. The point of the matter is that we guilt ourselves out of enjoying our time spent alone, but why?
Consider for a moment how you feel upon hearing the news that someone else that you know is taking a well deserved vacation. You become ecstatic as if you yourself were going to enjoy that beautiful ocean view. You think about all of the things that you've taken notice of them doing within their family or at work and you say to yourself, "now they deserve this," when the statement that you should be making is " and so do I." And you do. We all deserve a break every once and awhile from our day to day responsibilities, even if it's only to just regroup. We often times neglect our own need for mental and physical rejuvenation. Do yourself and everyone else who loves you a break by giving yourself a break.
A few of the reasons why we guilt ourselves out of time alone is because we either believe that we don't deserve it or we feel as if it's not within budget. If you're one of those people who always do things for others and never quite enough for yourself, ask yourself a few of the following questions.
1. How long have I been working without having a solid three days to myself?
2. Are my day to day responsibilities both mentally and physically draining?
3. Has anyone told me within the last couple of months that I need to take a vacation?
The above questions should assist in assessing if you may be in need of a little tlc. And if you're questioning budget, consider the many options that you have. Leaving the country isn't always required but if you can swing it, go for it! A few get away ideas may be to book a hotel in your downtown area for a few nights. We can live in a city our entire lives and still never experience it's often rich culture. Explore your city. Watch a matinee, which is something that I'm sure if you have a nine to five that you're unable to do on a regular basis. Enjoy the small crowd. You can also check the different airline websites to see if there are any tickets on sale and choose a destination from there. Research local activities happening in that particular city and make your plans from there. If you're uncomfortable with traveling alone, as I would be, invite a friend.
At the end of the day, we all need that alone time for ourselves. So do yourself a favor that I'm sure you won't regret and take some time for you. Because you deserve it!