Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Sometimes, you just have to take a break - from one or many things in life. Sometimes these breaks are necessitated so that you can fulfill other obligations. Sometimes these breaks are because you want to simply spend time with the family without any distractions. Sometimes there are breaks because you are so stressed out that you need to get away from things. Sometimes your body tells you it needs a break. Whatever the reason, breaks can be a great thing, giving you a chance to reconnect, to recharge, to refresh, to renew, to heal.

There are good breaks: going out to eat for dinner to take a break from cooking; getting away for a weekend to take a break from every day life; turning off electronics for the day and just playing as a family; taking a quick nap; taking a vacation day to simply relax. Of course, there are also not so good breaks.

There are short breaks and long breaks.

There are happy breaks and sad breaks.

There are breaks that you take alone and those that you take with others.

You might have noticed, I recently took a break from blogging (you wouldn't have noticed, but I took a break from a lot of things!). Unfortunately, this one wasn't for anything fun. We've had a couple of variations of flu bugs floating around our house and this past weekend, I was "lucky" enough to catch a bit of the stomach version of the bug. Needless to say, there was no Mamavation Monday happening here - the thought of working out was the furthest thing from my mind. There was no Menu Plan Monday - the thought of food made me queasy. There really wasn't much of anything. I went through the motions, simply to get to the end of the day. Even when I was no longer "sick" and headed off to work, I still had that squishy stomach feeling. I wasn't afraid to eat normal food, but I was still afraid of anything with a strong smell or taste. I did enjoy getting to bed early for a few nights in a row, the added rest was good for me.

I have a number of things that I plan to post, but being sick certainly has me behind in all areas of life, so it may take a while to catch up. My son, for instance, found out he was out of uniforms for school (OOOPS!!) - so I'm multi-tasking and listening to the washing machine run in the background, so that I can move it to the dryer as soon as it finishes.

Taking breaks work for me, although I must say I prefer the good breaks. Having the chance to refresh and recharge and to get away from the everyday can be such a good thing. It can keep you from getting to the point of running yourself completely ragged. This post shared at Works for Me Wednesday.


Rachel Holloway said...

definitely need to take a break now and then--just wish you didn't get sick (because who likes to pause life for sickness?!?!) Hoping you're doing much better now!!!

NeedANap2 said...

I wondered why there was no Mamavation Monday but thought it might be b/c of the holiday. Glad you're feeling better!

Stacey M said...

Too bad we can't take a permanent break from being sick!!!