Resting vs. Relaxing

I’ve been resting a lot lately.  I guess I’ve been resting a lot for a few years now, but it seems like I’ve needed it more in the last year or so.

Since I rest a lot, I want to be “active” whenever I feel up to it.  Now, “active” doesn’t necessarily mean going for a jog or running errands.  Sometimes that means writing this blog or doing the dishes.  Still, it always means doing something, and always doing something can be mentally tiring.

Last night I realized that I’d done all of the most important things on my to do list.  I’d even done my physical therapy (which is more unusual than I’d like to admit.)  I felt like I should do something else, but then it hit me: I should relax

Resting is not the same as relaxing.  I wish it were, but it’s just not.  Maybe both would involve watching tv, but the first happens when I feel lousy and I’m just trying to feel a bit better, while the second happens when I already feel ok and just want to feel more relaxed.  Think about it: how often do you watch tv or read a book not because you need to rest physically or mentally, but just because you want to sit back and enjoy the activity?

After a rocky start, my rare foray into relaxation went very well.  I decided to watch a movie, and even though the disc turned out to be scratched and will have to go back to Netflix, I found a great old 1940s movies on my dvr.  I love old movies, so this was a real treat.  I made some popcorn, and spent two great hours snacking, watching a funny movie, and knitting.  Now that’s  how to relax!

Relaxation is an important part of self-care.  How do you relax?  What will you do for yourself this week?

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