It seems like just yesterday I was planning my Christmas break to Tasmania to hike the Overland Track among other things with my friends. That was more than six months ago. And later this week, it will become a reality. I am more than ready for a break. Sure, some people might think hiking for 7 days carrying my food and shelter is not the best idea for a break, but it still involves getting away from work and the crazy crowds and traffic in Sydney.
Yesterday afternoon, I had a parent ring to cancel an appointment for today. After giving them another one for the new year after I’m back from holidays she wished me for the holiday season and added “Don’t think about anyone else these holidays. Just think about yourself.”
And you know what? She is right.
I think I need a whole lot of down time. To not think about my clients — suicidal or otherwise. To not think about the stress of the year. To not think about the systemic issues that can plague us.
Instead, I am going to enjoy the company of my wonderful friends. I am going to revel in nature be it rain, snow or sunshine. Although I would prefer mainly sunshine! I am going to enjoy the company of JK in a different state for a few days. I am going to assess my life — where I am and where I want to be. I am going to have some time off from the digital world especially while we are on the track. I am going to relax. Mentally more so than physically. Which is just what I need.
I used to think it was selfish to think about myself. I no longer feel that way. Especially as I’m constantly thinking of my clients for 8 to 10 hours a day. Sometimes more if they are suicidal or at risk. And trust me, in the past few months, the rate of those clients has risen.
So Tasmania, I am looking forward to meeting you.
You will be the start of my time to think about myself. To reflect, to introspect and to dream.
Do you have time for yourself?
If you want to read about some of my stress-busting tips using soothing strategies, check out this post from yesterday. There’s also a giveaway included!
***Linking with Jess for IBOT***
Until next time,