Week Fourteen: Chill Out

Our lives can get so busy, a constant rush from one thing to another, even more so at this time of year. I get so used to saying “‘gonna be a busy week” or “sorry, I’m busy that night”.

Last week was, at the start, a busy week but instead of fussing around trying to get through everything, I took the view that I would do what I could and the rest could wait. No point racing from one end of the county to the other, just do one thing then go and relax for the rest of the evening. Once in a while, it doesn’t do any harm to have a break from things.

As a result, I got an unexpected night in with my partner and we caught up on our favourite TV programmes. I also had a spontaneous invitation from a friend which I was then able to accept, where I would have usually been busy.

I also realised at weekends, when I said I’d meet a friend at 11am, it doesn’t matter if it’s more like 11.20am, as long as you give them a heads up. And instead of making rigid plans, I just let the afternoon flow naturally, which I enjoyed.

Now I’m not saying, don’t make plans, I just tried this out as a lesson in chilling out a bit more and not stressing if a plan doesn’t go to plan! Knowing that the world doesn’t stop if you miss an orchestra rehearsal, or turn up late to meet someone, just puts everything in perspective a bit more.

Every now and again, it’s good to just do what you really want to do, not what you think you should do.


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