Things have been freaking nuts around here!
And you know what? Sometimes a girl just needs a moment. I'm all for the hustle and bustle of life--but if we could keep that to a small dose, that'd be great. You all know this book re-write has me pretty much strapped to my desk at any waking moment. Throw in the rest of life--and it's easy to start feeling really overwhelmed. Work is important to me, but so is making sure I take some time to myself--even if it's a brief moment here or there.
When I need a moment, I like to...
>> Read a book. It doesn't matter if I sneak in snippets while I'm trying to cook dinner, or if I intentionally get in bed an hour early so I can lose myself in the pages--reading never fails to relax me. The added bonus is that I always feel very productive when I'm reading. Relaxation and productivity? Yes please.
>> Clean. Before you click out thinking omg this girl is crazy bare with me a second. I throw on some good music and attack the house. While the actual act of cleaning may not seem so relaxing--I find great pleasure in the aftermath of it. Sitting down on the couch with a glass of wine after you've blitzed the entire house? It's awesome, take my word for it.
>>Run. Okay, no. I don't like to run. In fact--I'm very convinced the entire time I'm running that I'm actually going to die. But there's nothing better than when the little voice comes through my headphones telling me your workout is complete. And then the endorphins kick in and I feel like I am on top of the world. Screw drugs--I'll take a runner's high any day.
>>Spend time with friends. This one is kind of a no brainer--but sometimes just hanging out with good people (and okay, maybe having a beer or two) can do wonders for your soul.
>>Paint my nails. Duh. This isn't something I do quickly before I'm running out the door. No. It's an experience for me. I set up the iPad with an old favorite show (usually it's old school Grey's. Sometimes it's One Tree Hill. Lately, it's been old episodes of Glee). I choose my colors carefully. I think up what I want to do--sometimes I go plain jane (like this week)--other times I like to mess around with nail art. However it goes down, it's definitely a relaxing experience for me.
::reads over post::
Oh. And that's how I know I'm an adult.
When did partying get replaced with cleaning and reading as my relaxation tactics. #oldladystatus
This post is a part of a campaign for vegas.com. April is National Stress Awareness month--and they are running a "Let Loose" campaign. Not everyone can jut off to Vegas on a moment's notice--so they're encouraging us to have a Vegas state of mind. So how do you let loose?
**I was not compensated for this post. I just think making time for yourself to let loose is hugely important!