When was the last time you put your hectic schedule on pause and just relaxed? Yesterday, a week ago, a month ago….or maybe even so long ago you can’t quite remember? I’ll hold my hands up and openly admit that I’m guilty of this. I’m constantly busying myself, creating to do lists, creating to do lists for my to do lists. I enjoy being busy. But if you never take time out from your hectic schedule, it can leave you feeling drained. Right now, I am feeling truly fatigued. For too long, I’ve neglected to turn off that little switch in my brain that’s always set to 1000mph. So, this post is a reminder (to both you and I) to take a break and allow yourself to re-energize. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it.
I urge you to grab those sweatpants, wipe off your make up and get cozy. Oh, and make sure you turn off all your multiple forms of technology and take a break from your blog. Technology seems to rule our lives. If we aren’t checking our Instagram feed, we’re refreshing our twitter, we’re writing a post, we’re taking a photo, we’re googling the answer to some bizarre question we’ll never even remember. I honestly dread to think how many times I pick up my phone throughout the day. With such scary 21st century thoughts in mind, I’m making a vow to treat myself to tech-free evenings and just relax. I’m trying to find my calm in this chaos that is my life.
Last night, I dusted off the record player. I let the soothing sound of Dylan’s raw voice to fill the room. A voice that I can only describe as honey drizzled over rough toast. Dylan’s an acquired taste. But for me, he’s one of my go-to artists for when I just need to escape the whirlwind world around me. His words resonate with me and I become completely absorbed within the music. But if Dylan isn’t your cup of tea, that’s fine with me. Just pick something you love; something that when you listen to it you can almost feel it in your very bones.
Musical preferences aside, a relaxing evening isn’t complete without scented candles. Smell can be the most powerful sense. It can bring memories rushing back, filling you with nostalgia and all those good vibes. As my coconut and lime candle burned away, carefree memories of exploring hot countries were conjured up. I was immediately transported to a little spot of serenity. The dimmed atmospherical lighting, flickering flame and wavering scent of coconut slowed my thoughts.
For my lovely relaxing night, there were just two ingredients left. One being a cup of tea. A hot, heart-warming beverage in a mug big enough to swim in is a necessity for a relaxing night. The other being a colouring book. I’ve seen a few people mention these, singing their praises, so when I received this one from The City Girls event I was more than intrigued. I was pleasantly surprised to find how calming it can be to colour.
As I filled in the patterns, I found my thoughts just floated on by, getting tangled up in a swirl of colours before fading away. I was so caught up in the present moment of colouring that I was able to still my hectic thoughts. There’s a first for everything, right? I was so immersed in the pattern before me, watching it spring to live with colours, that I felt 100% stress-free. I’ve definitely been converted into an avid colourer (if that’s even a word).
These nights of tranquility mean that I can approach things with a fresh outlook. If you’re always going at 1000mph, thinking of 8613 things at once, you’ll never have the chance to appreciate the world around you. It’s important to just be present. Don’t project your attention onto the future or past and don’t let yourself be sucked into the distractions around you. Just simply be present to whatever you’re doing right this second. Pour your heart and soul into the present moment and you’ll be sure to find your own little oasis amidst the chaos.
on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without
rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.’ – Thich Nhat Hanh