When I was in high school I had an after-school job at a local grocery store chain. Many of my classmates also worked at this chain, and it was a good way to make a little extra money. State policy dictated that for every three hours worked, an employee must have a ten-minute break. Our manager was very scrupulous about this law (fine by me).
I found that even though ten minutes is a relatively short period of time, it was enough to have a small snack, read a magazine article, or just relax, which was enough to energize me for the rest of my shift.
Our baby started crawling shortly after Pesach, and my toddler has been both thrilled and dismayed at this development. Thrilled because now his brother can actually follow him around, and dismayed because, well, his brother can actually follow him around (and chew on all his toys! The nerve!). Because of this, my job as mom-referee has kicked into high gear. And I am exhausted.
The amount of down time I’ve had has been basically cut to nothing, and the down time I do have is so short that it’s difficult to accomplish much. From my meager motherly experience, I know that once this phase mellows, or I find a reasonable way to manage the current situation, I’ll have more time to accomplish what I need (and want) to, which is fine. But right now, I really just want a manager to come and say, “Okay, time for your break.”
What are some ways you take a “break” when life is at its more hectic periods?