Ugh. I’m beyond frustrated with myself right now. My semester is completed (early–Yay!) and all semester I’ve been looking forward to this moment when I can finally take a week or two off from working and give my mind a break. That was the idea, anyway. Instead, after only two days of “relaxing,” I find myself continuously guilty and anxious about NOT working even though that is the plan. I seem unable to achieve that work/life balance necessary for a successful and happy life. I purchased a Gaslamp anthology, intended originally as a way to transition from my “fun” reading back to my academic work (I’m currently really intrigued by Neo-Victorian literature and the idea of a course that pairs Victorian with Neo-Victorian works), but now I’m wondering if I need this text to transition INTO relaxing, to move away from my academic research and concerns so I can take a mental break and return to my dissertation refreshed. It seems an odd dilemma.
Any suggestions on just letting go of the work and taking a guilt-free break?