Too “busy” to Relax – this hoax must end!

Busy-ness is the trend these days. People carry over-packed schedules like winning trophies. “I’m SO busy at work!” “How do you have time to do that? I’m too busy to read/watch TV/exercise/do anything fun.” “I can’t get monthly massages I have too much to DO!”

Too much “busy” could be making you tired, sick, and probably cranky.

When do you relax? RELAX. “Relaxation” is a word we hear often, but don’t know always know what it means. Here, I’ve compiled some options for you.

1: the state of being free from tension or anxiety.

2: a way to rest and enjoy yourself

3: recreation or rest, especially after a period of work.

4: the loss of tension in a part of the body, especially in a muscle when it ceases to contract.

5: something that you do to stop feeling nervous, worried, etc.

More importantly, what does relaxation mean to you?

If you’re not a “hot bath and good book” kind of person, you probably cringe at spa photos of people with stones piled on their backs. But here’s the beauty: You can make your own definition of relaxation.

It’s your job to figure out what you enjoy doing, what makes you smile, and what makes you feel like you are a hundred miles from work or home jobs?

Then, make time for that.

You have a schedule. Write in special time for a hobby, a nap, massage, your favourite show, a weekend getaway, a new class, ANY thing you enjoy can be relaxing.

Need someone to give you a reason?

Here are some ideas:

  • Spend part of the day alone.
  • Spend part of the day with your family, doing ONLY fun stuff.
  • Meditate
  • Devote time to your hobby.
  • Sleep in. Or get up extra early. Whichever excites you!
  • Arrange for take-out or pre-cooked meals all day.
  • Schedule a massage!
  • If you’ve always wanted a day to “not leave the house” today’s the day! Wake when you wish, eat when you’re hungry, stay in your jammies and read a book.

Taking care of you is important. And, self-care puts you in a better frame of mind to take care of the peopleshutterstock_219137458-300x200 Too Busy to Relax - this hoax must end who depend on you. So find the thing that mellows you out, and make it happen!

I would like to leave you with my favourite poem about relaxation. I personally love this poem as it reminds me that we all just need to make time to relax, slow down from our busy life, focus on ourselves and recharge our bodies. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Too Busy to Relax By Aaron Hoopes

Too busy to relax they say… complaints, excuses everyday
They sound so weak, so stressed, so tired… a mundane world in which they’re mired No time to sit and just be quiet… their mind’s a rush of thoughts, a riot
No chance they have to hear the sound… of nature’s wonder all-around
Of birds and trees and clouds and air… too much work, it’s just not fair
This really seems quite sad to me… so much to do, no time to be

Breathe I say and move a bit
Then after that we can just sit
And watch the world at its own pace There is no rush, it’s not a race
And if it were, what is the goal?
Where are you going mind, body, soul?

Too busy to relax I hear… these words seem like they’re based in fear Tired, weak and too much stress… how did our lives turn such a mess? We don’t need to look above… to find a place that’s based in love
Turn instead and look within… find yourself, it is no sin

Forgive, let go, open your heart… it is the only place to start
Think on that and you might find… throughout your life you have been blind

Breathe I say and move some more Run, walk, jump, stretch on the floor Move your body, get up and go
Feel the energy, let it flow

Don’t get caught in negative Habits that won’t let you live

Too busy to relax? Not true! … this hoax must end, it starts with you
If all you do is just the same… you never will escape this game
Do something new, do something Zen… begin right now, not ‘if’ or ‘when’ Do one thing different, or two, or five… change how you live, become alive Do or do not, there is no try… step off the cliff and start to fly

Begin with this, you won’t go wrong… remember to breathe, deep and long.

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