Healthy Living

Learning to Relax

January 25, 2014

When I’m writing an article, I’m usually offering up some useful tips or advice.  I love to research new ideas and test them out for myself.  If they work for me, then I can’t help but share them!

This time however, I’m asking you for advice.   Over the past few years I have become increasingly worse at having down time.  I know this sounds a little absurd but let me give you the back story.

I have always been very on the go.  I was in a lot of extracurricular activities in elementary and middle school.  When I got to High School, things didn’t change, I just added on more responsibility.  I got my first job a month after turning 15.  I got a second job at sixteen and I’ve had 2 or more jobs ever since.  However, through all this, I could always appreciate my free time.    I used to love to just sit and do nothing, in silence.  I suppose I was meditating long before I consciously tried meditating.

This was all fine, until about 2 years ago.  I noticed that I was go, go, go… or I was cozied up in my bed, either sleeping or watching TV.  I also realized that I couldn’t fall asleep to silence, or even just sit and enjoy silence.  This has only gotten worse over the last two years.   But instead of stopping to think about this, I just take on more work, or obligations, so I’m not at home being a zombie.

Finally I mentioned this to a few people and they all said the same thing to me, that I don’t know how to enjoy my time and just to relax.

This January my only goal was to SLOW DOWN, even just take one day off a week.  Well, it’s almost the end of January, and I can’t stand my days off.  I don’t know what to do with myself.  If we’re being honest, I’ve just ended up picking up shifts on those days so I’m not sitting around.

So my question for you is “How Do I Learn to Love Time off Again”?  What do you guys do on days off, how do I accomplish “me” time without feeling guilty or lazy?  And how can I re-appreciate the silence like I once did.

You can leave your responses in the comment section below, or send us a tip on facebook or email.  I will try out any advice and keep you all updated

-Amy

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