How do you relax? A bath? A glass of wine? Curling up on the couch with book? Maybe working out or hiking are your ways to relax and let off steam.
Personally, I love all of those things, I guess maybe that's why they were the first things to pop into my head.
The inspiration for this post was exactly that. I am currently laying in bed, working on the laptop, while Tucker sleeps next to me under his own blanket, head resting against his pillow (see, told ya---->)
Both of us completely relaxed. (Sorry, no photos of me, just the baby)
Having only one day off this past month and a half has made it a bit challenging to find time to just chill out. Granted, I love being busy and working. I actually have a hard time relaxing. I tend to get a bit stir crazy when I have "nothing to do." I use the words nothing to do loosely. There's always something to do, just being in the mood to do them may not always be the current state of mind. Maybe I just contradicted myself a bit, who knows.
In all honestly though, it is important for our health (both physical and mental) that we find time to relax and take time to focus on ourselves. It is amazing how quickly stress can affect us and our immune system. Headaches, sore muscles, colds, digestive issues, all connected to our stress levels. I know, it's not always easy to let go of our daily worries and responsibilities and calm down. But trust me, if you don't, you will make yourself sick. I've done. And frankly, I'm sure you have too. You may not realize though that it was stress and worry that caused you to get a cold last week.
My accupuncturist and massage therapist say that I carry my stress in my shoulders. Which is completely true. When I am under a great deal of stress the knots in my shoulders feel like they are size of bowling balls. The tightness also leads to horrible headaches. Making time for a cupping session or a deep tissue massage help greatly. Not only do they help ease the pain and tension but my mind is put into a state of euphoria at the same time. All cares seem to float away, at least temporarily but hey, I'll take it.
Long story short, I know, too late for that right? Make time for yourself and the things that make you happy. The paperwork can wait, opportunities to play with your kids won't. After all, we are only given one shot at this life and it's not a very long one.