Living the San Francisco Dream


Give Yourself a Mental Health Break When You Need One

Do you ever take a mental health break? Do you give yourself permission to do so? You should! When you get back to work, you'll be more effective, work quicker and with more heart.

After working 60+ hour weeks, 2 weeks in a row, 7 days a week, I need a break, and I'm taking a few hours off today.

Last week a sale fell through completely unexpectedly (I'll tell you more at a later time) so I scrambled to get it back on the market immediately, worked the phones, received 2 offers, held the house open again both Saturday and Sunday, resurrected one of the earlier offers, and had an accepted contract late last night -- no contingencies of any kind -- works for my seller.

This morning I've:

  • negotiated an Addendum changing the offer terms of the sale;
  • finalized a buyer's offer and have submitted a complete package to the listing agent
  • handled a release of funds authorization and got a refund on its way to another seller
  • and the usual barrage of phone calls, emails, etc.

Oracle Team USA

I just stopped for lunch and realize that I'm mentally done for a few hours!! So, I've given myself permission to watch today's America's Cup races. It stands New Zealand 8, USA 6 - first team to reach 9 takes the Cup. Should Team USA win 2 races today, it will be 8-8, and tomorrow will definitely decide it. No matter what happens, Oracle Team USA has made an incredible comeback. I'm watching the tops of the sails from my window, and watching the race on my iPad while I treat myself to some artisan cheese, hazelnuts, peppered salame, and fresh juice!

I'll get back to work around 3:00, refreshed, recharged and ready to carry on.


Give yourself permission to be nice to yourself when you need to be!


--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 11 commentsLottie Kendall • September 24 2013 01:31PM


Lottie-With those kind of hours you deserved a break. Glad you took one.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 7 years ago

I've been burning the midnight oil for a long time so when I get a chance, getting a mental health break is absolutely necessary.

Posted by Bryan Robertson almost 7 years ago

Lottie, enjoy your break - sounds like you have already put in a very full day of work!  And it's so very true that taking the time we need to recharge is pretty crucial if we expect to continue functioning effectively.  (I can always tell when little things are making me cranky that it is time....past time!)

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 7 years ago

It's the only way I can keep what little sanity I have left Lottie.  I always take mental health breaks.  I've been on one for a week in certain respects.  Hope you enjoyed the races and decided to take the rest of the day off too.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 7 years ago

Lottie, I love your mental health break especially the menu all we have to do is change the juice to the grape kind... maybe a nice Cab and I'm right there with you! :-)

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Sharon, are you ever so exhausted that you shake?? I really needed a couple of hours away today.

Bryan, with all you have going on right now, I'm sure you're putting in the hours. Hopefully it's creative stress, the good kind.....

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Nancy, getting cranky is a sure sign!

Roger, nope, couldn't take the day off--waiting for a counter offer on my buyer's offer plus a ton of other things--but stepping back for a couple of hours was wonderful!


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Nancy, your comment was just as refreshing as my little break!! Remember, it's earlier in the day here, and I had to get back to work!! :)


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Lottie, I'm finding myself taking an hour here and an hour there. It does help break up the long hours we keep day after day.  We need to recharge ... so glad you took the some time for you and treated yourself to some snacks. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 7 years ago

Kathleen, I really needed that break. It wasn't long, but i stepped away from the computer for a bit and the world didn't end!! :)

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Lottie - Great advice for everyone to take to heart - take a break you'll be better for it!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) almost 7 years ago