I read a quote recently which read: “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it”. Sydney J Harris which led me to putting this week’s Wednesday Wake-Up! together.
I’m not sure how many times I’ve heard people say, I’ve not got time to sit around, I’m just too busy.
Or others will feel that relaxing is just a waste of time, and perhaps have a degree of guilt because they feel they will be perceived as being a time-waster and not pulling their weight. For some, it’s been the ‘message’ they’ve been given since childhood about not being lazy and keeping going no matter what.
We should all have time ‘out’ to relax, chill, reflect, rest, play, read, meditate or many more pastimes I could list, but do we?
We usually put ourselves last, feel we are having to get things done for others and don’t want to let them down. Either way, being permanently busy and not having any ‘down time’ means we could end up in burnout. What’s the saying ‘too much work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’.
Also what message are we giving to others as a good role model if we continue to keep busy and don’t show either our team, family, colleagues, friends or ourselves that keeping busy with no time for ‘us’ is not a good look nor good for our mental health and health and wellbeing.
Often some people say, I don’t have time for business or life coaching & mentoring, or when I’m quieter and have time I’ll consider it, or I’m too busy to even think let alone take time out for personal or professional development.
This is why I liked the quote because it’s at times like these, when we’re busy we absolutely do need to relax for our own health and mental wellbeing.
I recall my late mum saying she would never have a cleaner at home until the house was absolutely spotless! And of course it never was and she never did!
Why can’t we accept that relaxing is something we not only must do but we need to do for loads of different reasons.
Perhaps you could RELAX for a moment just once a day. Even if it’s just five minutes to sit quietly and deep breathe. You will be surprised how relaxing it is and how much it will lower stress levels and open the gateway for ideas and thinking more creatively as well as more positively.
Whether you have time to relax or don’t have time to relax, I would invite you to RELAX!!!
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