Running on empty

imageAfter four days in a row of playing hostess to 100 people at Vacation Bible School – not to mention rushing about constantly taking pictures and making sure everyone was safe and happy AND an evening event with kids and parents that was exhausting-er than those four days put together…

You can stick a fork in me. I’m done.

Today is recovery day. I hung around in bed until 8:30. “Ambition” is not in my vocabulary today. I’m having lunch out with our two younger darlings, throwing something on the grill for dinner, and that’s it. Well, I may work up enough energy later in the day to watch another episode of “Horatio Hornblower” (a movie series made in the late 90’s and early 2000’s that is absolutely a delight). But parking myself on the couch and watching attractive sailors dash about on screen is about the extent of my energy for the day.

I learned a long time ago to build in down time for myself, lest I turn into a fire-breathing, angst-y dragon. For example, next Friday evening would have been the ideal day for the extended family gathering I was trying to pull off in a fit of pie-in-the sky dreaming. But I’ll be at a conference all day Friday, which means I’ll be brain-dead by evening. Even though I’ll be spending the day with co-workers I truly love and respect, I know that being around people from 9:00-4:00 will be totally draining. And so, even though a Saturday gathering will leave out one important member of the family, that is the appointed day for the cook-out.

I don’t know if this “down time” policy is purely a result of wisdom gained through hard experience, or if it’s just as much to do with middle age exhaustion and crankiness.

Either way, it’s a healthy thing to remember to be kind to myself. What tricks have you learned for keeping yourself together?


10 thoughts on “Running on empty

  1. Gotta get that down time in the evening. Doesn’t really matter the kind of day I had – if I don’t have at least an hour or two of down time to myself in the evening, I don’t feel centered and ready for the next day.


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