September 23rd • Posted in Lifestyle
If there’s one thing I always end up realising when I go on a holiday to relax and switch off, is how difficult I find enjoying myself outside of my little world of routines and working non-stop. Even at weekend, because before having my break in August I felt so guilty about it that I thought I should totally have needed to work all weekends for two months to make up for it. And how tricky it is for me to stop feeling like I’m wasting my time when all I’m doing is, really, just having a well-deserved proper break.
I don’t know if it’s just something going on with the fact I have my own little business and that I really want to see it growing with every bit of me, or if it’s something affecting anyone no matter what their work or duties are like, but it can get a bit tricky for me to understand when it’s time to switch off. And having a two-weeks break last month, gave me enough time to accept I needed to relax and stop worrying and understand how much I need some proper time for myself in my daily life.
So now that I’m back and that I’ve immersed myself into the huge pile of work I have left at home, I’m trying to implement a bit of that habit I developed of taking some proper time to just enjoy something I like – just for the sake of it!
One thing I’m so glad about this month, is finally rediscovering my love for reading. I used to love the feeling of immersing myself in the pages of a book and hated to have lost the habit of finding time to read (I know it’s not an excuse, but sometimes social media get in the way).
I’ve treated myself to a few books I felt were the right ones to get back into a reading routine, and I’m enjoying finding some time to switch my mind off and enter a new world.
I especially love reading by an open window now that the weather is getting chilly, especially in the morning as the sun starts warming up and a few rays filter in, warming my bones up a bit while I take some well-deserved time for myself.
I’m also back at practicing calligraphy, as I’ve always found it very relaxing and easily enjoyable. It’s totally linked a whole lot to work, but still, I’m trying to think of it more as a hobby to practice on my tea-break in the afternoon or whenever I feel I need to focus on something else.
Plus, now that the weather is getting chillier and that the season is changing, I can’t wait to get my hands on a new cookbook or something, to spend some time in the kitchen finally getting back at baking after almost an entire Summer when I haven’t touched the oven if not to bake pizza on a Saturday night (with these muffins being the only exception).
What’s your favourite way to relax and have some time for yourself? x