I called in sick today. I'm a severe workaholic so it takes a lot of coaxing to get me to call in. But these clogged sinuses and a leaky nose told me I need to take a break. And it got me thinking about work/life balance.
I try giving myself one day off every two weeks or so. To me, that's perfectly normal but it's actually a really crazy schedule. My mother would say, there's a reason weekends exist. But I sincerely love my job as a dancer and you'll usually find me dancing on my days off anyway. So why not just go in and get paid for it?
But without a good balance, other aspects of my life begin to suffer. Today, for example, my health is suffering. I've stretched myself so thin this summer and I'm actually surprised this is the first time my immune system took a hit. Juggling three rehearsal processes, five shows, and commuting between Orlando and Tampa, of course it was going to catch up with me. And while it's hard for me, I'm glad to be taking the day to feel better, instead of pushing through like I usually would. This balance thing is a work in progress, but I'm getting there.
It's really all about prioritizing. And your priorities should change all the time. If your career isn't where you want it to be but your social life is booming, maybe try shifting your focus to your work. If your boyfriend feels neglected but your meal prepping is on point, maybe it's time to skip the quinoa and go on a date. See what I'm saying?
I'm finally in a place where I feel like my career has really taken off (thanks in part to being such a workaholic). But now I can re-prioritize to make sure my health is in check, my amazing boyfriend feels my lovin', and my friends and family get the quality time they deserve.
Check in with yourself here and there, call in sick, and make sure the things you're neglecting are getting some TLC.