Why We Need a Day Off

In the United States, more and more people are believing that the workaholic mentality is a good career strategy.  This is when people consider it a good thing to work more than eight hours a day, even if their overtime is unpaid.  These people think it's looked up upon to sacrifice and work during lunch.  Having a "working lunch" supposedly shows that a person is really productive and hard working.  Taking work home is also becoming a popular practice.  Work is slowly taking over the lives of more people in the United States.

Yesterday, I did something that I rarely do; I took a day off.  I had a morning doctor's appointment, but after that, I was free for the day.  Even though I have Saturdays and Sundays off, there was something liberating about being off when I was usually at work.  I woke up two hours later than I usually do.  I spent time with my family.  We went out to lunch.  I got to take a nap.  I had some time to read, write, and be lazy in front of the TV.  It was great.  To me, the day felt calmer and brighter.

I understand that there are people who have to work more than eight hours a week to make ends meet and provide for their families.  I also know that there are people who have important responsiblities and can't take time off unless their job is done (I'm one of them).  These people work hard because they have to.  What I'm advocating is taking a day off whenever possible.  It's good for our mental and emotional health.  It gives us more time for us and our families.  It helps us retreat from the routines and stresses of work.  It allows us to evaluate our lives and recalibrate for the days to come.

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