For many years I have taken sporadic days off work -- perhaps one every 2-3 months or so -- and it really baffles me why people don't do it more.
Sure, we want to save vacation days for trips, travel, weddings and the like, but the power of a good day off cannot be underestimated.
Here are 10 reasons to take a random day off:
1. It feels special!
And it is. For me, I like to wake up early, enjoy my coffee in my kitchen and ponder my awesome day ahead.
2. It breaks up the week!
A four-day week feels completely different than a five-day week. It also gives you something to look forward to in the weeks leading up to it.
3. No one else is off.
Unlike a busy holiday weekend where the streets, restaurants, cafes and roads are buzzing, a midweek day off is quiet. It feels as if the world is yours.
4. You can get a table anywhere for lunch or brunch.
This for me is reason enough!
5. Spas, exercise studios, supermarkets, are all way emptier than usual.
You won't even need an appointment or have to line up (or really wait for much at all).
6. You have time to think.
With my husband and friends at work, I occupy my time however I want. A day off during the week is like a personal meditative retreat.
7. It makes you a better mom, colleague, partner, etc.
Even just one day off refuels your batteries and helps you feel more like yourself afterward.
8. You can do anything you want.
Unlike busy weekends when we have personal obligations, you can decide that day what you fancy doing and just go for it!
9. You don't have to run anything by anyone.
Want to shop for a spring dress? Great! See a chick flick no one else is enthused by? Fantastic! Bake your favorite cookies for the first time in years? Brilliant! Enjoy every minute of it.
10. You are worth it.
Take the time out to enjoy an indulgent, fun, private staycation with someone special, you!
I write this on my day off, enjoying a latte at a little cafe in the Lincoln Center. I went to my favorite barre class, shopped in Whole Foods while it was empty (bliss!), walked my delighted dog in the sunshine and checked my iPhone all of once around lunchtime just to see if I had any calls (I didn't). By day off, I mean off.
There was no catastrophe, no disaster, and believe it or not, everyone in my life is still alive and well. The world is OK if we take a few hours to ourselves to relax and revive a little. I start the weekend relaxed, organized and in a splendid mood.
Do you need any more reasons?