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Taking time for yourself

Recently I have been working Saturdays for the university. I’m completely ok with it, for now at least, besides when we have to do five classes in a day, it can be quite pleasant.

The thing is though, working Saturdays means you are working a different schedule to most other people. When you have multiple jobs, this can mean it’s hard to get days off. Of course I can take Sundays off, but Japanese companies can be a bit ignorant(?) or they expect so much of you that you are expected to work a Sunday if something comes up.

What this all means is that I’ve had to be very careful with my schedule. It’s almost impossible for me to have two consecutive days off, because my schedule is so weird, and even then there have been times as of late when I haven’t had a day off for a few weeks.

This takes its toll. And it shouldn’t. I’ve been getting a bit irritated more recently, and perhaps have not been sleeping as well as I would like. So, I’ve vowed to do something about it.

From now on, I’m going to block out at least one day a week for my rest day. I’ve tried doing that before, but it didn’t work well because I kept getting asked to do things. This time, blocked off means blocked off. A day I can feel free to use.

I feel pressure for Japanese people to work more, but I’m putting that aside and only focusing on my wellbeing. Besides, if I don’t, then I’ll burn out and be completely useless ( I feel Japan seems to ignore this fact quite often).

So, I’m prioritizing my wellbeing over my job from now on! And people are just going to have to live with it. If they’re offended, maybe they shouldn’t be working with me.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.

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