This is what it looked like outside my window this morning.
So I prompted closed the curtains, threw on a pair of wool socks and cozied up on my couch for the day. I’m not ashamed to admit it. And I did the same thing yesterday, too. And it was GLORIOUS.
Every now and then you need a couch day. You know what I’m talking about. Whether you’re sick, you’re getting sick, or you’re
emotionally unstable in dire need of a mental health day, the need for A Couch Day arises.
I used to take couch days frequently
when I worked for the state at my previous job. It was fairly easy to call in sick and take care a mental or physical health day. In my current job, calling in sick is unheard of. I took one sick day in the two years I’ve worked there (not including my sabbatical). You show up even if you’re vomiting- which is always ironic, seeing as we work with patients with bulimia. And you don’t call in sick unless you really want to fuck the rest of your week over and make it incredibly stressful and difficult. So you can imagine my struggles with even taking a leave of absence in the first place. I felt guilty. I felt weak. I felt like a failure as a therapist and that I was letting down my patients. I don’t feel that way now, but that’s a post for later this week ;).
So back to my point- it’s ironic, actually. Here we are, a group of mental health professionals, who struggle with practicing self-care and self-compassion.
That said, since I’m on my last week of sabbatical, I fully enjoyed my past two couch days. I worked on my final YTT presentation while watching Dr. Oz, TBS showings of “Final Destination” and “Blue Crush”. Every now and then I got up, did some simple yogic stretching, made a batch of juice, cooked some nutritious food, and then went back to the couch. I watched the snow flakes fall from the comfort of my fluffy white sofa and soaked in the last few days of being 100 % lazy.
And 100% lazy felt good. It felt like a restorative yoga class, but not just for my body, but for my attitude.
So go take a couch day. Heck, take two! And then get back up the next day ready to move. Because it’s all about balance.