The Beauty Of Relaxing

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Today’s article is dedicated to workaholics everywhere. (You know who you are) So many people are so worried about what has to be done, and trying to get enormous amounts of work done in one day, that they tend to put relaxing on a back burner, or just toss the whole idea in the trash. To some, relaxing and enjoying life, instead of pushing through it like a linebacker, is nothing but an inconvenience when it should be something on your to-do list. Yes, you should actually write yourself a note to tell yourself to relax…maybe if people look at it as a task, it will get done more often. So, in honor, and appreciation, of those who think life is only about work, I want to share some ways you can relax and hopefully look at it as a beauty routine instead of a time-waster.

Get a massage. Most people I know who put work before fun, relaxing, and, well…life, are in desperate need of a massage. I don’t think workaholics realize that focusing all day, every day, on what has to be done is bad for your back. The tense moods that are experienced throughout the day go right to the muscles, making them tense up and making you overdue for a massage. So, think of it as an important business meeting that you can’t miss. If you throw your back out and can’t move and end up on bed rest for a few days, you’re going to miss out on more work than you would have if you would schedule a massage and get the knots out. Workaholics tend to put their personal needs last. By putting yourself first, you’re making yourself healthier and more available for more work…I can’t believe I’m helping you justify being a workaholic, but there it is.

Put the day behind you and get a pedicure! Walking, standing all day, running around multitasking…these are all everyday motions that put stress on our tootsties. I am horribly ticklish, and I once had a massage therapist, and a nail technician tell me that one way the body masks pain is by making the area ticklish. Makes a lot of sense if you think about it. Cutting hair for 16 years has left me with some painfully ticklish feet. You may not realize how much stress you are causing your back and feet with how much you’re working. So, sit back and relax, and hopefully have a glass of wine with your pedicure, and if you’re going for polish after your pedi, match your polish to your wine…just a little way to have some fun. (that was a fun tip from a dedicated reader. Thanks, Debbie!)

Spend time with your family and friends. Don’t take friendships, or relationships, for granted just because you want to stay in the zone and get things done. Realize that making time for hanging out with the people you love, and who love you, is going to make you feel good. When you feel good you look good, right? There is beauty in relaxing because it puts all your goals into perspective, and you see, with your own eyes, the importance of what life and love is all about.

So, if you’re one of “those” people whose life is go-go-go, take some time for yourself and force yourself to stop-stop-stop. Take care of yourself, make yourself beautiful and clear your mind once in a while. I’m not saying you have to do this every day…God knows you workaholics would probably die from relaxing…try to baby-step your way into it and take time for at least one of these things once a month. You can do it.

Considering I believe I was royalty in a past life, I happen to fully embrace the fine art of relaxing. I believe in taking time to make myself feel beautiful…the longer the ritual, the better. (Unless it’s waxing.) I believe in taking the time to relax and re-program my brain, and I think everyone should make it a priority.

Are you a workaholic, or are you like me and you know how to relax? What do you do to clear your head so you can be productive again? Or do see relaxing as an inconvenience? I look forward to your response.

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