Wednesday, October 1, 2008
EVERYONE NEEDS ONE NOW AND THEN
I'm talking about a Mental Health Day. I needed one this evening after work. So, I called someone in my Wednesday night class at church and told them to tell everyone I wouldn't be there. You're probably thinking that I have a rather high opinion of myself if I think EVERYONE will care that I am not there for group. But, after all, .........................I am the teacher! I love my job. I love my co-workers. I am just dealing with some stressful situations at work and they came to an oozing, festering head today. (Oops, maybe a little too graphic there.) I left work and headed home. I know that for some people the drive home from work is a time to de-stress and get all that stuff out of your system so you are fresh for your family. I live maybe a mile from my job, so there isn't a lot of time for a cooling off period. I told my husband that I was not going to teach my class tonight because I needed a MHD. He is always supportive of whatever I do so he said fine with him. My sweet little eleven year old had already cooked dinner for us since it was my late night at work. I had to work until 6 and class starts at 7. I was just feeling a little crushed and closed in by my schedule and decided to relax. Hubby took child to church and I slumped on the couch with a plateful of hamburger stroganoff. Delightfully sinful, fattening comfort food. So good. I am already feeling better. Things at work haven't changed and I won't know the true outcome of things until tomorrow but at least I am taking care of myself. We have to do that sometimes. I forget that it is okay to have boundaries and to establish my own "border patrols" if necessary. So often people get entangled in the "you shoulds" and forget that they do indeed have choices. Take a Mental Health Day. Doctor's orders!