There are times in all our lives, I think, where it's beneficial to just put it all away and not think about it for a day or two. Sometimes this is because things are stressful, other times it's because things are monotonous and you need a break from the relentless routine. Sometimes it's both.
For me, it was that I had established a routine wherein I was overworking myself in an effort to complete a project in time for a deadline. So I was stressed and overworked and overwhelmed and tired, and it was getting to the point where I was snapping at people I cared about over things that didn't matter.
Luckily, a friend of mine had persuaded me months in advance to set aside a weekend to go to the Big City and stay in a hotel and do fun things (like going to see The Lion King on stage and making blankets). So after I finished my project (and before it was technically all "done") I took a break. I went away to a new place and didn't even look at my computer until I got back 3 days later.
It was exactly what I needed to reset after my long string of staying up too late and waking up too early, not having any free time and barely being able to socialize with anyone. If it hadn't been for my previous social obligations (like Bible Study and volunteering at the thrift store) then I wouldn't have even made it as long as I did.
So the lesson I learned from this is as follows:
Making no-sew blankets (or "tie blankets") with a friend in a hotel room is always an excellent idea, and makes for an awesome thing to do while just spending time together.
Five stars. Would definitely repeat.
Going to see a Broadway musical in person is at least 10x better than seeing them on DVD - it's just not the same. It's an EXPERIENCE.
10/10, would definitely do it again.
And most importantly, Lesson #3:
Everyone needs some time off during which they're not doing any work. That doesn't make them a bad person or a slacker or lazy. It just means that they're HUMAN and that they need a chance to unwind, reset, and come back to work refreshed and ready to get back at it.
There was also something in there about spending $80 on a souvenir sweatshirt being absolutely worth it under very specific circumstances, but I suppose that one's a bit superfluous.
So now it's your turn. When have you needed a break, did you take one, and where did you go?