Confession: I’m not very good at relaxing for long; I’ve just never been great at prioritising the time to unwind because I enjoy being productive. Then I have to remind myself I have three boys (turning eight, ten and twelve) and a husband who works long hours and a dog, I work, enjoy seeing my friends and want time for creative or community projects and yes I do need to sometimes stop, unwind, B R E A T H E…..aaaaand relax.
You’re more relaxed for your family.
You’re in a better frame of mind.
As a working mum, absolutely not.
But when I don’t stop, everything catches up with me and I’m not effective for anyone, not even myself.
So here’s a trick I’ve learned this year (which I admit, I still have to remind myself of now and then!)
Make some time to relax. Then double it.
Go out to dinner AND then see a movie.
Have a soak in the bath AND go to bed early.
Go for a long walk AND read a book.
Add an extra day onto your trip away, just for you.
Know what I mean?
You see, I think us multi-taskers in particular are pretty adept at taking 15 minutes here and there to relax. We relax in a hurry. Phones ring. Messages alert. People interrupt. Appointments shift.
What you need is a break.
And so do I.
It just starts with making the time to relax.
Then double it.
B R E A T H E
How will you stretch our your relaxation time this week?
I think I’m going to start by seeing a movie with friends AND making time to see movie with my oldest boy. The laundry can wait :)
This is my fifth post in a month of writing #Nanowrimoprompts