I don’t know about you, but when I’m at home having a ‘restful day’ or a ‘restful weekend’, I FIND stuff to do. I’m like an overly productive chore-seeking missile.
I’m very busy during the week, with having a full time job, blogging, writing, reading, training for a half marathon, cooking, socialising, etc (good grief I need a nap just writing that down), so I often look to the weekends as an opportunity to relax and recharge. But do I do that? Not so much. I have a tendency to rush around at the speed of light, and once I’ve got everything on my list done, I’ll think ‘ooh whilst I’ve got all this free time I’ll just organise the space under the bed’, or ‘ooh maybe I could use this time to de-weed the garden’.
Tip: Never use this free time to organise the space under the bed. It takes far longer than you think it will, and before you know it the whole afternoon has whizzed by and you’re feeling stressed because you don’t know where to put all the stuff that you unearthed. If gardening is your thing and it makes you feel as chilled as a Calippo, by all means go ahead.
When we were in Mallorca last month, I had no choice but to relax. There was nothing under the bed, no garden to tend to, no errands for me to run. It was great! I was actually able to relax and take the time for myself that I actually needed. I used to think self care was indulgent, now I think it’s necessary.
Anyway, the point is, I’ve made a decision. Every month I’m going to set aside a weekend when I don’t have any plans, and I’m going to make it a Wellness Weekend. That means taking a time out. Doing things I enjoy that make me feel calm; like going for a walk in nature, having a relaxing bath, lighting candles, reading books, watching films (I’m thinking more Disney than Shawshank Redemption), having an early night, not setting an alarm clock, meditating, listening to podcasts. You get the gist.
I was thinking I might share the occasional Wellness Weekend post here on the blog, in case any of you would like ideas for your own self care practice. Let me know if it’s something you’d find helpful!
This week I have been rushing through life like a cheetah who downed a Barocca with breakfast, and consequently I’m ending it feeling a tad frazzled (AND IT’S NOT EVEN FRIDAY YET). Perhaps this weekend would be a good opportunity to do nothing…
What are your favourite ways to relax? I’m always on the lookout for new tips and tricks, so please do hook a gal up!
In the meantime, here are some photos from Unsplash to make us all feel like calm little clouds just drifting aimlessly through the sky. Or little otters floating around on our backs along the river bank. You can choose.