Relaxing


Relaxing. Is a funny one. On a Monday morning I sit at my desk and dream of how my weekend will be such a relaxed one, lazing about and having time to kill. Popping into the kitchen to retrieve items from the fridge occasionally, drinking delicious smoothies and catching up on life. However, my Friday I begin to worry if no plans have been made for the weekend, and think up places we can visit, things that need doing.
You see, that's how perculiar I am. I like the idea of relaxing, but I deem it a 'waste of a weekend'. Life is incredibly short (I'm sure I was only 12 a few years ago....) and it seems that I want to cram as much in as possible. I guess you could look at it in a good way, making the most of everything and what not (yes, cramming in as much as possible does sometimes mean pottering around the shops. It counts OK!) but sometimes, just sometimes maybe it is time to stop and appreciate having nothing to do. And take time out for yourself. I tried it. It was difficult but I tried.


I had an afternoon all to myself. Little B was out with friends playing golf, and little R was terrorizing the butterflies in the garden (I know, I've tried having words..) so I grabbed some snacks from the fridge (a good start if you ask me), poured a cold Fanta into a glass and headed upstairs to the freshly decorated spare room. For those first five minutes I was super prepared and ready for this, grabbing my favourite light read, turning on my most listened to Spotify playlist and opened the window letting in the warm air. I was ready to do this. I decided to paint my toenails, scroll through Twitter, catch up on blogs and browse Pinterest. Then I read some of my book. I was doing this, I was being relaxed and kind of enjoying it. Thinking that a good few hours had gone by, I looked at my clock and realised that 34 minutes had passed. THIRTY FOUR MINUTES. Was that it? Now what? I was bordering on fidgety by this point (I'm a fidgety kinda gal) but I persisted. For another 21 minutes. And then. I gave up. Got dressed and decided that I needed to visit Asda. And then see a friend, and then do some baking. Maybe I am just not the relaxing kind?
Was I slightly bored? A little. Will I be doing it again? Possibly. Do I regret it? No.

20 comments

  1. My husband tells me that I have lost the act of relaxing. Like you if I sit & read a chapter of my latest read, I get restless & think of jobs that need my attention. The main thing is I enjoy pottering & being busy, so at least I'm happy, although it can make others around you feel slightly guilty, mainly OH feet up catching up on the latest cycling news or rugby score, ho hum! Love you blogs

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  2. I'm the same when it comes to the weekend. I don't want to waste it as I've been working all week but sometimes it's nice to just lie-in and take it easy. The boyfriend is working all weekend and the weather is pretty miserable so I've stayed in, catching up on blogging, munching on popcorn and Aero Bubbles, with iTunes on shuffle. Yesterday I even cooked a proper dinner - with veggies and everything! It's nice having the time to prepare a decent meal rather than getting in from work and bunging the easiest thing in the oven.

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  3. Your weekend sounded relaxing and productive!

    Lennae xxx
    www.lennae87.wordpress.com

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  4. I wish I was more like you! I'm far too good at relaxing, and end up wasting a hell of a lot of time doing nothing at all. it's do embarrassing when someone asks me what you've done recently and I'm like 'well... nothing', oops.
    Helena / helenaterry.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I know what you mean! I so often say to my husband 'I feel like we've wasted the weekend' if we just stay in and watch netflix. However, I find that if we make it 'the plan' to do so I can come to terms with it. If we have actually said Sunday afternoon, we're going to watch this show, then I don't feel so bad. But he's always telling me off for not just cherishing relaxing enough. And I'm the same about 'the time on the earth' all the things to get done yes? But I think there's a little time for chilling in there.
    Your little relaxation tray is adorable! It sounds like as long as you're happy and having fun though that's what matters.

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  6. Some days I am exactly the same! And some days... oh some days I have a billion things to do but can't quite seem to stop relaxing and then it's 8pm and the days done. I definitely wish I was like you on more days x

    pandorasfoxxx.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. It's like you've just describe me! But, I feel well more relaxed after I've done a load of chores and I'm prepared for the week ahead. Weird, but most definitely true.

    Ohhellojo.blogspot.com

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  8. I understand exactly what you mean! I can't stay in bed and do nothing in one day, I absolutely HAVE to leave the house. When I wake up and say I'm having a 'duvet day' you can be sure that will last maximum 3 hours and I'm showered, dressed and out the house before I've blinked. Sometimes, being busy is relaxing, so long as it's what you wanna do, not what you're being asked to do.

    - Natalie
    www.couttiepie.blogspot.com
    | A Fashion and Lifestyle Blog | 

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  9. I totally get what you mean, I feel like I've changed a lot in the past few years; a few years ago I would laze in my pyjamas all day doing absolutely nothing and I wouldn't regret one minute of it. Nowadays, since I've started working, whenever I have a day off I have to have a to do list to be getting on with, even if it is a to do list of leisurely things, as long as I'm doing something! x

    What Rachael Wrote

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  10. Dat kitty paw! so cute I can't even! I really should take more time to relax but I really love being busy, can't really settle down
    Allison from http://www.mercuteify.com

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  11. I Love relaxing and catching up on blog posts on my days off, maybe I'm lazy by nature haha :) xx

    www.lifeinthefashionlanee.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Lovely post. After a Summer off university doing nothing but relaxing, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things. It's funny how relaxing sometimes feels anything but!


    shelbyalexandrax.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Lovely post! I totally understand what you mean though. I hate wasting the days away.
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

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  14. Haha, I am the TOTAL opposite! I spend all weekend every working reading, watching Netflix, checking blogs/instagram/twitter. I am so beat after the work week even though I don't have a demanding job. The only chore that's guaranteed to get done is laundry!

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  15. 'I'm sure I was only 12 a few years ago' had me doing great big belly laughs! XOXO

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  16. I love having a lazy weekend but my boyfriend makes me feel guilty for not doing house work and making a mes when I bake so I lie in bed when he's in work and then do my share of the cleaning when he gets in so he can see that I've done something haha xx

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  17. I find the first part of relaxing is the hardest! Once you get into it though it becomes my favourite activity haha :) That cutie little paw is just perfect!
    Carrie xx
    carriebrighton

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  18. I can really relate to this, I am horribly bad at relaxing and taking time for myself x

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  19. I'm exactly the same, I have all the intentions of having a duvet day or a relaxing evening but I just can't do it. I do love a good pampering evening though as it means I'm relaxed but I still feel like I'm doing something so I don't start getting fidgety.

    RosalieJayne

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  20. I'm always amazed by people who have lazy Sundays.... Sunday is my busiest day of the week! How adorable is that little paw picture?!

    Christy x
    another weekend without make-up

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