Sunday, April 26, 2009

Mental Health Day

I told John last weekend, even before the craziness of this week unfolded, that I needed to take a mental health day.

I've been overwhelmed lately with all that's on my plate and I know when I feel like this that one of the best things I can do (for myself and my family) is to get away and decompress. I planned to get away this afternoon because Sunday is a low key day for us, and it's generally a good time for me to leave.

I've been looking forward to this date with me, myself, and I all week long.

I have no idea what I'm going to do.

I was hoping to go see a movie because I love going to the movies by myself (don't have to share popcorn!) but there is nothing on that I care to see. I was bummed that the new Matthew McConaughey & Jennifer Garner movie isn't out yet. It looks cute, and I never ever mind watching MM on the big screen.

I could go to Michael's and look around.

Or TJ Maxx. Or Target. But NOT the mall. I hate the mall.

I could go to Starbucks, get a chai, hang out with my laptop and get caught up on all my blog reading.

I could browse the scrapbook store. Or my favorite downtown bookstore.

I could go on a hike, even though it's a bit chilly today.

I could hang out at the library with a stack of books or maybe a magazine.

I will probably grab something yummy for dinner. I love eating by myself at restaurants.

I thought about asking a friend to join me, but you know what? I just really enjoy being alone. My introverted soul needs some rest from the madness. Some space to breathe and just "be". As much as I love my friends, I know that today needs to be about caring for me.

So...my afternoon is wide open. I have no idea how to best spend this time, but I'm so looking forward to it! Ciao!

31 comments:

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Sounds fabulous! Enjoy. :)

Carpoolqueen said...

I love to wander as well. Wandering Michael's can be dangerous, but I like to surround myself with all the potential creativity.

Then I buy yarn that sits on my shelf.

Gina said...

I like to do all those things, but I don't like to eat alone, or watch movies alone.

Ali said...

Have a great time! Sounds like you have tons of great options for your alone day!

~ Ali

Tiffani said...

I am insanely happy for you to get this day!!

Hoping I'll get one soon...all the ideas you mentioned sound GREAT...I too enjoy being alone, as well.

I kinda want to see 17 Again..does that make me cheesy?? :)

Can't wait to hear what you decided to do!

OhioFamOf4 said...

I'm just the opposite....I hate going out to eat alone. But I do love to be alone and go to Archiver's (scrapbook store). It's not as overwhelming when you can meander at leisure.

Whatever you do...ENJOY!!!

Christi said...

I can't wait to hear how you spent your day!

I love getting out by myself every once in a while also!!!

Gretchen said...

Good for you Mer. May your soul get just the creative rest it needs.

Kecia said...

I hope you have a great afternoon--you deserve it! I just read your last post--oh my goodness! My house was broken into and robbed once when I was a teenager...it's an awful, violated feeling. I'm sorry you had to go through it--but glad you weren't physically hurt.

Betsy said...

That sounds so relaxing and rejuvenating. I can't wait to see what you did! :) Enjoy!

Jennifer said...

Hope you had a fabulous day to unwind and get 'the stress out'. :)

I love me some MM too!

Ginger@From The Cocoon said...

I hope you've enjoyed your day!! Kudos to John for recognizing that need in you...that says alot about you guys as a couple!

Praying you found a little rest for your soul today

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

Hope you had a relaxing day, you'll have to tell which of your options you chose to indulge in:)

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

I don't know why, but I get freaked sitting in the dark movie theater alone. I can do dinner though (w/ a book).

These times are necessary!! My mom has a good friend who checks herself into a hotel room for the weekend about every six months. Stays in her pj's and orders room service.

Amber said...

How amazing, Mer. I hope your afternoon was fantastic. And relaxing.

Let us know what ya did!!!

Mama Voss said...

I want to do that... amazing! I'm introverted; although many challenge me on it. Just because I can be outgoing and lead groups, doesn't mean that I don't need by quiet (very quiet) space! Good for you... I hope that you enjoy every bit of it!

His Girl said...

sounds absolutely crazy wonderful.


enjoy every breath.

Cathy said...

Hope your day was marvelous!!!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh, how NICE! This sounds like the perfect afternoon to my introverted soul, too. :)

Sitesx6 said...

Hope you had fun, what did you end up doing on your Me Myself and I day?

I LOVE to have a day to just be alone and have PEACE! I adore my family, but we all need a period of time where we don't have little people blabbing at us. :)

Hope you feel refreshed.
Kelly in Michigan

The Bowden's said...

Hope you had a very restful day. We all need those every once in a while! :)

Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

I'm sorry that you're week has been like it has. Hope you had a great day!

Stephanie said...

We must be soul sisters! I needed a Mental Health Day this week, too. But I put it on hold because the MM movie wasn't out yet! Whenever that movie comes out, we will need to be there - together, but apart. :)
I hope you enjoyed your day and feel refreshed. Hang in there!

Holly said...

Praying for you today, friend!

Megan L Hutchings said...

I hope your MHD was exactly what you needed :)!

Lori Motl said...

Can't wait to hear what you did!

Lauren Kelly said...

Girl, after the past few days you've had. Sounds like you need some serious downtime. ENJOY!!! :)

Jennifer said...

I am so sorry about what happened last week! I hope your "mental health day" was wonderful and that this week is a much better one!

Shanda said...

My introverted soul concurs that such moments are necessary now and then!

Hope it was refreshing!

Mary @ Simple Things said...

After such an awful week, you definately deserve a mental health day. I hope you had a great afternoon!

Pink Lady Bug said...

All of those options sound fun. I hope you had a good day.