Monday, April 3, 2017

Relax and renew yourself

Are you one of those people who feel you need to be productive and busy at all times? We Americans can often be a bit Type-A about productivity—unlike people in some countries such as Spain where they take time in the middle of the day to rest and rejuvenate.

Do you have a form of relaxation that also recharges you? And do you give yourself permission to stop what you're doing—gasp, even in the middle of the day—to engage in that activity? I hope so.

Some people love the challenge and also relaxation afforded by 500- or 1,000-piece puzzles. Some love adult coloring books. Or painting. Or drawings such as Zentangles. You might like to knit or crochet. Reading fiction or books that don't require heavy thinking can be renewing, too. It's good self-care, really.

If you haven't yet given yourself permission to engage in something relaxing and rejuvenating, let me grant you permission right now. See me waving my scepter in your direction now!

Find something that delights and relaxes you. And give yourself a break to enjoy it. Daily, if you wish. If you feel guilty, ride that wave all the way through to the end—and discover that the sky didn't fall because you took out some time for pleasure and recharging!

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