Mental Health Day: The Task List Can Wait

Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay and absolutely necessary to do nothing –Lori Deschene, founder of Tiny Buddha

Since we have no spring break this semester, the University built “mental health days” into the calendar. Today is our March mental health day.

I woke up this morning and performed my morning rituals—journaling, worship and Bible study, and writing. I, then, filled my task list with all the things that must be completed by Friday and went back to sleep for two or three hours.

That felt so good.

Initially, I looked forward to today for a different reason: I thought of it as a whole uninterrupted day to get caught up on “all the things.” In fact, I worked the entirety of our February mental health day and proceeded to work doggedly until today. I realized, as new tasks and challenges arise daily, the work is never done and if we plan even our days off around our task list, we will never, ever get the breaks our minds and bodies need.

I’ve given myself permission to rest and I’m accepting the gift of this mental health day. I’m going to enjoy the rain, watch a Netflix movie, write postcards, daydream, and play board games with my guys [later].

Days of “not bothering,” to use Piglet’s phrase, are good for the soul. Have you taken a mental health day lately?


About the image: The skillfully captured image of the columbine above was shot by my Love Notes friend, Christine B. She sent it in celebration of women for International Women’s Day.

17 thoughts on “Mental Health Day: The Task List Can Wait

  1. kb253 says:

    I love the idea of mental health days and days of not bothering. I try to take a day each month to do all the things on the pretense that my weekend will be free. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

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  2. jesusluvsall says:

    I love that- not bothering 🙂
    I take those days from time to time. I often thin about Luke 5:16-
    But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. If I think about it, the best way for Jesus to refresh was to spend time alone with the Father

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  3. Natasha says:

    Gosh!I love this post so much that I wish to take a print and save it for those gloomy days to read.

    Your mornings sound like mine, but I love that 2-3 hours of catching up on sleep part of it. I’m defintely going to do so in a day or two. No agendas no planning. No doing, just being.

    Thank you for writing this Chandra. Even though we know all of this sometimes we just get carried by the tide of life and sucker punched into the quagmire.

    Sending you love and healing thoughts. Thank you for this one again. xoxo

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