Taking Time Off

The UK has had some much-needed sunshine and we’ve had a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend, which makes me feel more optimistic, especially as the Covid restrictions are lifting. I’m praying that we keep moving in the right direction.

If things had gone to plan, I would have been on holiday in Cornwall. (Things didn’t go to plan – see ‘Dealing with Disappointment’!) Instead, I’m on holiday at home.

I’m not great at relaxing. I have too many thoughts and plans whizzing around my head, which makes it difficult to switch off. My jobs are basically the same as my hobbies! I don’t take that for granted; it’s a wonderful thing and I’m grateful, but makes it hard to separate ‘work’ from ‘leisure’.

Often, we’re forced to be busy, to be reactive, to live by other people’s schedules. I think that’s another reason it can be difficult to relax. Our default is busyness, and even if there are quieter moments, we immediately wonder what we ‘should’ be doing. Maybe having fun or resting makes us feel guilty, even though it’s essential for our recovery and overall health.

I’ve learnt to schedule ‘relaxation’ in the same way I schedule work. I could have easily slipped into ‘work mode’ when my holiday plans fell through, but I knew it was important to take some time off anyway. And now my best friend is visiting for a few days. Yay!

I hope you’re all having a good week and that you can find the odd quiet moment, even in the crazy busyness of life!

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