I look forward to weekends because I get to TAKE A LOAD OFF and simply take it easy. I take my time and move at a much slower pace. During the week, I TAKE A LOAD OFF by sitting down to a cup of tea between jobs or treating myself to a nice bowl of ramen (Japanese noodle soup), which is perfect on cold, wintry days.
GET TO - able to
TAKE A LOAD OFF - take a break; relax
TAKE IT EASY - relax; calm down
TAKE MY TIME - not hurry; not be in a rush
PACE - speed
TREAT YOURSELF - give yourself something you like or enjoy
You can TAKE A LOAD OFF at the end of the day. You can TAKE A LOAD OFF and go on vacation. You can even TAKE A LOAD OFF for just a few minutes to catch your breath or take a breather. Some people TAKE A LOAD OFF by sitting in front of the TV. Others TAKE A LOAD OFF with a glass of wine; still others TAKE A LOAD OFF by having dinner out with friends. I sometimes TAKE A LOAD OFF by watching movies or doing some writing. How about you? How do you TAKE A LOAD OFF?
CATCH YOUR BREATH - relax
TAKE A BREATHER - take a quick break/rest
How do you take a load off?
This subway ad says the company can pick up your load of laundry, so you can TAKE A LOAD OFF. :-)
Here are some examples of how this idiom is used.
1. Maria, you've been working so hard. Why don't you TAKE A LOAD OFF? 2. Tell Paul to TAKE A LOAD OFF; he's so stressed these days. 3. Were you looking for us? We were just in the break room, TAKING A LOAD OFF. 4. Tom, you really should TAKE A LOAD OFF. Why don't you ask us for help if you need it? 5. I already TOOK A LOAD OFF; now, I'm ready to get back to work.
WHY DON'T YOU - you should
Alright, folks! I hope you all get some time to take a load off.