Do you find it hard to slow down? Or even guilty at the thought of doing nothing? If you do you’re not alone, except when it comes to my dog Harry. My regular readers know how much he loves to chill out.
I’ve posted numerous photos of him sprawled on his back or with his head hanging out the window, the wind rushing through his motley fur. And other photos of him looking even less dignified, legs spread eagled. There’s no doubt he’s the relaxation guru at my place.
Perhaps it would be different if he had to worry about where his next sausage was coming from. Or if he understood that chasing rabbits out of the yard wasn’t a profession.
But he doesn’t seem to care, or maybe he knows something we don’t.
Maybe we take things too seriously. Have we, in our busy lives and every day routines that threaten to overwhelm us, forgotten how to slow down and just be?
Our furry four legged friends seem to have no such trouble.
They know how to enjoy the moment. Smell the roses.
Perhaps we need to take a leaf out of their book.
Okay, we don’t need to go so far as hanging our head out of the car window but we can follow their lead in other ways.
Maybe that’s why I love camping so much. Peaceful mornings, walks in nature, watching the sun go down, stargazing, appreciating the simple things …
Enjoying drinks at the end of the day, or even in the middle of the day, whenever we want. We’re away from routine and it’s all about enjoying the moment.
Life is laid back. But it can be like that at home too. We don’t need to be on holiday to slow down.
Meditating, turning the phone off, lighting a candle or essential oils, a massage, listening to music or just losing ourselves in a good book can work wonders.
Even baking, which I did yesterday, relaxes me. I made museli, my usual banana and raspberry cake and coconut biscuits. Whatever works for you.
Maybe we should all cut ourselves some slack and slow down the pace.
As December ramps up and Christmas draws closer, where ever you are this week, I hope you find some time to put your feet up and relax. Reconnect with yourself.
Find some space to do the things you love. You’ve worked hard and you deserve it.
Make some time for some self nurturing. I know I’m going to try.
In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax