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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