Learning To Relax***Dolce Far Niente

June 12, 2014

With 3 kids and their schedules, our schedules, work, household chores, social and  personal obligations, there seems to be NO down time anymore.  Whenever a free moment appears, I find myself filling it with a yoga class, garden work, walking the dog or some type of screen time.  I see this in my husband, too.  We never sit for a moment and do absolutely nothing.  Lately, however,  my body has been practically forcing itself to try it, as if it’s applying its own internal brakes.  At times, I feel both mentally and physically fatigued, and I’m learning to recognize it and let go of things that “have” to be done.  I’m hopeful that my current need for quiet moments will also affect Alex and our children.  It’s OK to do nothing.  Perhaps even sweet…

Do you find it difficult to slow down and relax?  I’d love to hear how others find the time, or even the will to let go and enjoy a state of true relaxation.

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Judy June 12, 2014 at 10:10 pm

We will be doing some relaxing soon…

dszidon June 12, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Judy, I’m (we’re) so looking forward to our time together in Maine.

Sarah June 13, 2014 at 1:36 am

I joined a mindful parenting group which included meditation. I love how I feel after mediating, but it’s very difficult (for me). In a effort to still get the feeling of doing “nothing”, recently, I’ve been going to hypnotherapy. I’ve been listening to cds of my sessions while lying quietly….so relaxing, basically doing nothing, but totally refreshed abd present after…
I recommend it.

dszidon June 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Sarah, thanks for the recommendation. I only meditate while doing yoga, but have been thinking about doing it at home before my day begins.

Samantha June 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I know exactly what you mean! I took a day off today
And am feeling guilty for sitting here at the breakfast
Table listening to the sound of the laundry and playing on
my phone. I always feel like I should be in that
Intense go-go-go place but I’m not so sure I’m all that nice to be around like that.

dszidon June 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Samantha do your best to relax, that’s what days off were meant for. Thanks for sharing!

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