Busy-ness is the trend these days. People carry over-packed schedules like winning trophies. “I’m SO busy at work!” “How do you have time to do that? I’m too busy to read/take a walk/stop and gaze at the clouds over the foothills/sit on a bench and people-watch. :)” “I can’t get monthly massages, I have too much to DO!”
Too much “busy” could be making you sick, tired, and probably cranky.
When do you relax? Like really RELAX. “Relaxation” is a word we hear often, but don’t always know what it means. For this reason, I’ve compiled some optional definitions for you.
re·lax verb \ri-ˈlaks\
1: the state of being free from tension or anxiety.
2: a way to rest and enjoy yourself
3: recreation or rest, especially after a period of work.
4: the loss of tension in a part of the body, especially in a muscle when it ceases to contract.
5: something that you do to stop feeling nervous, worried, etc.
Now, more importantly - what does relaxation mean to you?
If you’re not a “hot bath and good book” kind of person, you probably cringe at spa photos of people with stones piled on their back. But here’s the beauty of this "relaxation" we speak of: You can make your own definition.
I love projects. I have lots going at home and at my office right now. A fun and interesting "project" sounds better than a "job" for me! So, I'm going to give you a project. A project to figure out what you enjoy doing, what makes you smile, and what makes you feel like you are a hundred miles from your work.
Then, make time for that.
You have a schedule. Write in special time for a hobby, a nap, massage, your favorite show, a weekend getaway, a new class, ANY thing you enjoy can be relaxing.
Need someone to give you a reason? Want permission?
August 15 is National Day of Relaxation. Yes, it’s a thing! And it’s just begging for celebration. Here are some ideas:
Taking care of you is important. And, self-care puts you in a better frame of mind to take care of the people who depend on you. So find the thing that mellows you out, and make it happen!