As of late, people use personal days when sickness surprises, an emergency occurs, or a vacation period isn’t long enough. Work days last until your head hits the pillow and begin before you have the chance to hit snooze again. Weekends are no longer used to unwind from the hectic workweek; Saturdays and Sundays have evolved into the new “catch-up on X,Y&Z” days. So, where does true personal time fit in?
Happiness and good mental health are two of the best conquerors to sickness and stress. In order to skip the slump of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and knock out the common cold, dedicate some time for yourself. Make time to paint, do yoga, play a pick-up game of basketball, watch your favorite football team; do anything but work! Setting aside time for yourself seems to have been given (inappropriately) the selfish-stigma, especially in 2013. Putting too much time into other areas of your life can lead to imbalance, unhappiness, and unnecessary stress. Finding the right balance for you and your life can make all of the difference. Find that hour of honest-to-goodness personal time and see how much easier it is to get through the day, the significant improvement of your mood, and how less often you’ll frequent the NyQuil aisle.