Last Wednesday was the busiest day I’ve had in a long time. I whizzed around like a living, breathing version of the Tasmanian Devil cartoon, skipping lunch to cram in as much as I possibly could with every passing hour. Phew!
Do you ever have days like that?
I was so grateful that at the end of all the running around, I trotted onto a train with my beau and headed north to the country for a few days to do a whole lotta nothin’! Getting away to the peace and quiet was utter bliss, and it’s amazing what a difference a little downtime makes. Not that you need to travel to a different location to relax of course, but our trip got me thinking about rest and revival in general – and why it’s OK to take time out and hit that reset button!
We live in the age of multi-tasking, of trying to spin all of the plates and achieve our dreams. It’s a positive and exciting time, and I love seeing so much energy and enthusiasm all around me! But ‘relaxation’ is not a dirty word my friends – I found that I felt much more focused and at ease after a few days off.
Here’s what I did…
I Got Outside
Walks in the fresh air, taking in the incredible scenery and feeding the ducks – I don’t spend entire days outside too often so when I do it really is a simple pleasure! Finding places where the only sound is the wind does something special to the soul, I swear.
I Switched Off
So much of our time is spent absorbing what other people are doing, saying, wearing…is it any wonder that we find it difficult to pull away from that and just focus on ourselves a little bit? While I was away I was happy to do just that.
I Pampered Myself
Before we headed into the wilderness, I made sure to pack some LUSH treats so that I could indulge in long, lazy baths. I also gave my hair some TLC with this OSMO Effects Detoxify shampoo. After the festive party season ended, it’s been a godsend and helped to strengthen and soften my poor locks!
I Enjoyed the Little Things
A hot drink and reading a magazine or two from cover to cover – it’s not the most active way to spend a couple of hours, but it felt good!
I Felt Inspired
I stopped thinking and just enjoyed being where I was. My mind was clear and refreshed, and soon thoughts and ideas came flooding through. Proof that inspiration will strike when you’re least expecting it!
The bottom line is, feeling overworked and overwhelmed can happen to us all – especially when we try to do so much. What’s important is taking time to revive yourself too – it’s much better to go forth and kick ass on a full tank, am I right?! I am definitely going to take time out more often – especially since all of the above can be done at home just as easily (even visiting the ducks!).
How often do you take time out? What’s your favourite way to hit your reset button?
Feeling refreshed and raring to go,
Miss West End Girl x