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Musings 8 July 2021

No rest for the wicked or so they say.

Work hard, play hard, but can you rest hard?

My get up and go has got up and went about a month ago.

My mojo is a no-go.

My productivity is in the basement and it’s really getting on my nerves, or it was. That was until I finally accepted that I was tired.

There, I said it. This go, go, go girl, who has had to stay, stay, stay is exhausted. I didn’t want to say it. In some way it means ‘defeat’ in my mind. I’m known for my busy bee status. And being self employed, you develop this mind set of: if you don’t work, you don’t get paid. And we’ve had a captive audience, so best make the most of it, right?

I’ve realised through these lockdowns just how important my mini adventures are to me and are a huge part of resting.

R&R to me is not necessarily sitting in a deck chair or on a beach blanket, although those are nice from time to time, especially with a good book.

My rest is largely found in Active Rest. I know, it sounds counter productive or even an oxymoron, and I’m no Weekend Warrior by any means. However, I need change to keep sane.

The last couple of nights I slept like I haven’t in a full year. And it wasn’t even my bed. But I took a break- a real break. We grabbed a mini adventure up to West Yorkshire where we shopped, drove through jaw dropping countryside that makes my heart sing and busted out the SUP-Kayaks in Hebden Bridge on the Rochdale Canal.

Total bliss as I had to be nowhere and didn’t NEED to talk to anyone other than my life and adventure partner, Neil.

This…THIS is what rest is. Taking your mind, body and soul away from the every day and treating them to adventure.

Exploring, discovering and just sitting looking at new views is the recharge I needed. Finding a hobby, I have found, is not only fun but necessary, an essential part of our overall well-being and holistic wellness: to thrive, not just to survive.

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