I took a mental health day off work today. I woke up, felt awful and just decided to stay in bed.
Finding a work/life/health balance is still hard for me. I get frustrated too easily when things (usually government or paper work related!) don’t go smoothly for my businesses. I don’t have much time to waste on that kind of thing so I do expect that things just work when I want them to. Having worked in government myself I know this is totally and utterly naive, but that’s still the service level I expect.
So this morning I got up early with the intention of doing something online before going to work. I couldn’t do what I wanted to, I felt sick, I couldn’t think of what to eat and so I just stayed in bed.
I was flicking through the internet, checking my twitter accounts and so on when I came across a request for donations for my local animal aid shelter. My local shelter does wonders, they don’t put animals down, the rehouse and train the dogs … they are fantastic. Because money has been so tight in the past 18 months I haven’t been able to donate to them like I used to.
I decided it was time to get out of bed, so I drove to Woolies and bought some dog food, dog treats and garbage bags for them. (All items requested on the needs page of their website.) I don’t have much spare cash, but it only came to about $12. I drove it down to them and dropped it off with one of the volunteers.
Hubby & I decided to go for a drive after that, so we spent a while driving around by the beach, looking at houses. Dream houses, some of them! And this one house was the most vibrant peach we had ever seen:
We then decided we wanted pizza for lunch so we went back to the supermarket to pick up some bacon & salami. Lunch was delicious – bacon, salami and chicken homemade pizzas 🙂 Photos will of course come on Wednesday.
After doing nothing at home for a few hours, we wanted to go out and feed the ducks at a park – yes, one park near us allows for the feeding on ducks/birds so long as they’re on the water. But as we started to leave our little crybaby dog Vala started begging for attention, so we decided to take her to the dog park for a run instead. Once again, another reason I love where I live; we have a giant and well maintained dog park, which is just amazing for a dog like ours. Vala is a Husky cross Border Collie, so she has boundless energy.
And that’s really all for the day. I wish the day off made me feel better than I do right now. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy most of my day, but right now I am just tired of, and uninspired by the fact that while I have great businesses, I still have to work right now. I try my best to make the most of it, and learn what I can from every situation, but some days I wish I had the luxury of focusing solely on what I really want to be doing. I know it’s not realistic to expect to work doing what I want all the time, but some days the fact I can’t just makes me sad.
Of course, I also feel a little feverish and sore throated, so maybe I’m just getting sick & that’s getting me down too.
Tomorrow is another day.