Trying to Relax

12 Nov

Some people are naturals when it comes to relaxing. Some can find a quiet moment, pick up a book, and get lost in it for an afternoon. Others require a few days and maybe a beach to get in the proper zone. Usually, I’m not in either of these camps. Relaxing for me can take days away from my house and even then it’s not a sure thing. So, when I recently relinquished a couple of my volunteer duties, I was surprised at how quickly I felt the stress peeling off of my shoulders. And it was noticeable—two friends remarked on separate occasions how relaxed I looked. Generally, I am all in favor of helping out when things are tough. But this shouldn’t happen at the expense of caring for yourself.
I know this may seem like a harsh and confusing message when so many in NY and NJ still need help after the hurricane. But there has to be a point in life when you put your needs first. While I still have miles to go in my lessons of relaxation, I feel like I might be getting just a little bit closer.

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2 Responses to “Trying to Relax”

  1. Sherry Palace November 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Amen to that – well said! Love your writings & look forward to hearing your very insiteful thoughts. Sherry

    • Paper Cake Scissors November 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      Thanks, Sherry! Hope you’re relaxing with Aunt Barb in PA.

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