In February I changed my working hours from full time to part time. So, 3 days a week I’m at work and then I have 4 off, great.
It’s bliss. I have time to do all the things I enjoy and need to do and I don’t get ill trying to do it all.
The last couple of weeks have been very, very busy and you know what? I haven’t had enough time! I have no idea how I did things when I worked full time, even with 4 days off I struggle some weeks to get everything done.
There are the things I need to do, like housework, clean out my fish tanks, go to various appointments etc. Then there are the things I do because I enjoy them, DIY, making things, visiting family, walking my dogs.
Part of the reason for moving to part time was my mental health and I said when my hours changed that I was going to do things I enjoyed, not the things I felt obliged to do. Over the last few weeks however, I have found myself doing more of the obligatory items.
So this week it’s back to doing the things I really enjoy. I’m on holiday from work next week and I have a few things planned but otherwise will be spending a week doing what makes me happy.
When you have a mental illness, you need to spend time doing what makes you happy. I used to feel terrible guilt for doing what I wanted, sometimes I still do, but most of the time now, I don’t. If I want to continue to get better I need to make myself happy.
So, tattoos, pamper days, crafting and spending some time with my hubby are all on the cards, I think the pamper day better come before time with hubby though, I’ve been in hibernation mode since September and no one wants to see that!