Down time, yeah....
After beings a working mother for 11 years regular down time becomes a necessity. I didn't have kids to be rid of them either, but I am first and foremost an individual and a person and I need time to recharge my batteries and regain perspective - and that includeds being away from work as well.
I need down time where what I do - even for 5 minutes - is my choice.
At work the phone rings, people want information, bills to pay, invoices to raise etc etc - it's not down time at all for as much as not 'mothering' time.
Even going for a walk isn't really 'down' time but it's great for clearing my head.
Im not working Fridays at the moment so I have the chance for a bit more me time ATM and I revel in the time where no one is asking/wanting something off me. I mute my mobile, knowing that the school will ring MOTH if they can't get me. I read, relax, get ahead with some of the weekend duties.
I have had a weekend away with a bunch of brilliant women, I spend a day once a month with my sister (and Nooooooo kids). I was going to Pilates once a week, but have had to shelve that until I start working Fridays again.