Take it easy: knowing when to relax

It’s mid afternoon on January 1st, 2018 and here I am feeling unhappy with myself. To understand why, I tried to step back and actually think about what I wanted to do with my day and what I’ve done.

Since I arrived home for Christmas, my daily goals were to make a new video about anything, eat well and spend at least 30 minutes working up a sweat (and not just because it’s summer here). That’s exactly what I have been doing for the past week and today was no exception. By any metric, that makes this a good day and a great start to 2018.

Yet I couldn’t help but feel as if I hadn’t done enough, that today hasn’t been a good day. I think part of it is that I’m exhausted, leaving me vulnerable to irritation by the smallest of annoyances. After nearly 2 years of being near constantly busy I’ve finally realised that taking a break is crucial to my health, yet I can’t quite bring myself to live up to that. Even now, I’m writing this piece rather than resting up – a hypocritical act I know.

Don’t get me wrong, I think a busy life is a life well lived, but knowing when we have done enough to deserve a break is crucial to the happiness of ourselves and of those around us. So stop and think about what you’ve already managed to do, and give yourself some well deserved time off to relax and unwind. Speaking of which, I’m off for a walk along the beach.

2018 is the year I try and do something a bit different. Follow along with my other creative endeavours on Instagram or YouTube

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