Because today is considered Relaxation Day, our Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is Relax. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…
How does one relax?
That may not be a rhetorical question. Because when it comes to actually relaxing… I usually have a hard time with doing it. That’s not to say I can’t relax or don’t want to. I just never adhere to my own advice of if you’re not taking care of yourself you can’t take care of others. So I don’t take time to really relax and I wind up getting burned out.
I feel like I did a pretty decent job of relaxing when I went on vacation back in June. I went down to South Carolina and stayed with my cousin and his family. It was nice to have a place to stay and not need to pay a bunch of money for a hotel room for a week. It was nice to have a bed to sleep in. It was nice to have a quiet place to sit and read throughout the day. It was nice to be able to periodically take naps and not feel guilty about it throughout the week.
I remember coming back from vacation feeling recharged and ready to take on the world again. Now I’m back at it and I find myself wishing I had another week of vacation to use this year. But I don’t… Vacation time is done until 2022…
So I guess my real question here is how does one relax on a regular basis while still apart of the working world and not taking a vacation?
I don’t sleep very well at night. At least… I don’t think I sleep very well. My sleep is broken, more often than not. I mean, I’m sure I hit a couple of REM cycles. But there are a lot of wake up moments, too. And sometimes, a wake up moment turns into an hour of not being able to get back to sleep.
When I try to enjoy a relaxing activity (writing, reading, watching a familiar sitcom or movie, playing a video game, etc.) I do okay for a moment. But then I start feeling like I’m gonna nod off. My eyelids get heavy and I can’t think of anything other than dragging my lazy butt into the bedroom and going to sleep for at least 20 minutes. I hate that…
Why can’t I sleep at night and be wide awake during the day? That’s probably a bigger question than this blog is prepared to answer. One that likely would involve a sleep study at the hospital. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
But if I’m uncontrollably dozing off during my “relaxation” activities, doesn’t that mean that my body needs the sleep? Shouldn’t I just embrace it? Yeah… probably.
So I’m gonna go back and take a quick nap now.
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