Relax. Yes, Just Do It.

Relax is one of those words where saying it to yourself invokes certain visual images.


How many of you envisioned beaches and rum drinks?

I know I did.


Maybe you thought of yoga or a massage.

Also good.


Ok, so how many of you thought about simply about being at home, with no work or chores or responsibilities. Just sitting, being quiet.

For me, definitely.

And how many of you, when thinking of sitting still with nothing to do get a feeling akin to petting the cat the wrong way? Just can’t do it. No way no how.

Interesting, isn’t it? For many people, sitting quietly at home with nothing to do is considered both lazy and immoral.

Personally, I’ve always been really good at allowing myself to relax. If I need a nap, I take it. I give myself permission to have downtime.

I don’t think sleeping when your body needs it and planning for downtime is either lazy or selfish. It’s sane and reasonable.

The Good Man often says that I taught him the value of The Flop. Come home from work, change into comfy, non-binding clothes, then flop on the bed. Just for a while. Twenty minutes maybe? Let the day slow down. Hug both cat and spouse.

And THEN you are in such a better mood to get up and make dinner. Food tastes better when you are happy and relaxed while you cook.

Really, children and cats have it right. Eat a little. Play a little. Nap a little.

It’s when we get to be grownups that our minds get twisted by the shoulda, woulda, couldas.

Today, I reject all of them and say, simply, relax.

Embrace The Flop.

(This post is a good reminder to myself as much as anyone. Sometimes even I get caught up in the moving too fast, gotta get it done, go go go mentality).

Theme Thursday‘s theme of the week is: Relax

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  • Nanc Twop

    ..say, simply, relax.

    'Embrace The Flop'

    Excellent thoughts, and a truly
    relax-inducing post. Brava!

  • Karen Fayeth

    Thanks Nanc!

  • Kevin

    All of your 'Relax inventory' could definitely hit the spot for me… but 'beaches and rum drinks' .. now that takes the cake :)

    nice post.


  • Karen Fayeth

    Keving – Yeah…that sort of is the gold standard of relaxation, isn't it?

    Makes me want to have a Mai Tai right now! And it's only 8:05 in the morning….


  • Anji

    Relax to me says snuggle up in bed.

  • Karen Fayeth

    Anji – Right on!!

  • Rhetoric Camel

    Relax, I definitely know how to do that. After standing on my feet for 10 hours a day doing the same thing over and over, it gets pretty stressful. You'd think that doing something that easy, and that repetitive is relaxing but you'd be completely wrong about that. So when I get home, immediately put on pj's because they're comfortable and just lounge around and relax, at computer, on couch, or in bed. Relaxing is my favorite thing in the world.

  • nimaruichi

    I'll take your advice, ZZZZZZZZZZZZ…

  • Rogue

    A good book on a rainy day. A roaring fire, wiggling yer toes till they are toasty and warm while munching buttery popcorn with wild abandon. A great french wine, some brilliant cheese and a fresh baguette as you stop in the forest on an autumn walk for an impromtu pic nic. A brisk walk in the full moon on a winters eve, as the snow crunches under your boots and your breath crytalizes. And yes, a warm bed with a thick goose down duvet to snuggle under and dream,,,

  • Everyday Goddess

    Oh Yes, this is very sound advice. Well said!

    Nice Theme Thursday.

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