Slowing down and learning to relax

With just a month to go until Christmas, everyone seems to be firing on all cylinders. I made the mistake of meeting a friend down Oxford Street at the weekend – why, I have absolutely no idea – and it was manic. Neither of us bought a thing because the queues were ridiculous, and we ended up in the pub spending the money we would have splashed on presents on cheap wine instead. Standard, really…

At the minute, though, I do feel like I just never stop. That’s not a complaint – I love to be busy – but I kind of feel like it’s just not in me to slow down, take a step back and relax. I don’t know if anyone else feels that way? It’s an odd one, and I’ve not quite figured out where it comes from, but there’s something in me that keeps wanting to do more and more – when really I should probably just take a second and do nothing.

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Maybe it’s a condition, I don’t know, but I seem to have a knack for finding things to do. Whether it’s work or how I’m spending my free time, I jump from one thing to the next and to the next… until I’m totally worn out. I mean, you know there’s a problem when you’re halfway through a movie and you just can’t sit still because you remembered the bathroom mirror deeds cleaning #TrueStory.

So, that being said, one of my resolutions for the new year is to manage my time better. Only, not to be more effective and get more done – but to actually pencil in time and give myself a break. Because I think it’s one thing being mindful and trying to consciously look after your mental health, but if you’re actually, physically stopping yourself “to be mindful”, it seems like a bit of a catch 22.

I do feel like I need an app or something to remind me, however, that it’s alright to take a break – if anyone knows any good ones, do let me know! For a while, I used the Headspace app – mostly while I was in the bathroom in the morning – but as the exercises became longer it was kind of inconvenient. Oops.

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Have to say, I don’t know why I felt so reflective writing this. I think we all get a bit like that at this time of year, don’t we? It’s 3:30 pm as I write this, and it’s already getting dark. Don’t you just hate November, really? It’s almost as bad as January and February. Not quite Christmas time. Cold and gloomy. Money slowly dwindling from your bank account as you buy more and more Christmas presents (speaking of which, check out my Christmas Gift Guides here!).

I’ll be more chipper come the weekend when a) I’ve been paid and b) It’s December and actually Christmas time! Anyway, I’ll be posting more gift guides later this week, so make sure you drop your email in the box below to get them sent straight into your inbox and follow my socials to keep up to date.

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