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Children and animals know how to relax...why don't we?

It was one of those days yesterday; I was running from early morning to late at night. Somewhere in there, Dan suggested that I relax and my reply was that I didn't have time to!! This morning I thought about how ridiculous my reply was; it was because I didn't have time to relax that I so desperately needed to do it yet I didn't quite understand that in yesterday's frenzy.

I'm beginning to think that, as we schedule our days, relaxation time should be the first thing we plan and not the last. Because, let's be honest, when we're not relaxed and in-balance, we're not as effective or efficient in our work so we're not doing anyone any favors anyway. And then a vicious cycle begins; we snap at the children who then choose to misbehave, so we snap at the children...

The most uncomfortable thing about being too busy to relax is that the only person we can blame is ourselves. We're in charge of our time so if we're over-scheduled we need to have a serious talk with the person in the mirror. I've just done that so I'm going to rest for 30 minutes...

...or am I?




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Reader Comments (6)

When I start to feel overwhelmed with my day I go to the barn and visit my animals. You are so right that they know how to do it. It relaxes me too just to spend some time petting them or just sitting,watching the chickens peck the ground or ducks bathing in the pool.

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmma Dorsey

I spend time with my dog. She's so laid back it's hard to be stressed around her. It's no wonder they say people with pets live longer, is it?

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRhia Roberts

I use self hypnosis techniques sometimes, pray, or meditate. I am not a relaxed person, by nature!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSally K Witt

I had to teach myself to relax too. Before children I used to go to the ocean to meditate but, now that we've moved to the desert to get better schools for our children, that's out! I'm sure we all have different ways to relax...that would be a good little survey for a Friday, Sally. :)

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRhia Roberts

:-) So true. This could easily be a post written by me! :-) What a vicious cycle we can create, all by ourselves, sometimes. I've often harassed myself by not leaning back to relax, little realizing that I was bugged because I did not relax.

(Thanks for your message on Twitter. I felt good!)

Cheers!, Rhia!

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVidya Sury

Oh Vidya, that's how I felt when I was reading your posts...if I didn't know any better I'd think that I'd written this! And I agree that we don't need anyone else to create chaos in our lives because we're perfectly capable of doing it ourselves.

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRhia Roberts

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