Today I’m bringing you a slightly different type of post, no beauty chatter in sight, instead I wanted to talk about that supposedly simple however near on impossible thanks to the social media heavy 21st Century thing of switching off. Emptying your mind of the daily stresses and woes and simply relaxing. I personally find this near on impossible, I have a very overactive mind forever thinking at a mile a minute and thus struggle to switch off.
A true example of my inability to sit still is the time I booked myself in for a wrap treatment at a local salon. Being covered almost entirely in cling film and left on the bed, alone, for 45 minutes, you think I would close my eyes, drift off & relax. Oh no, instead I spent those ‘blissful’ 45 minutes panicking that I had nothing to do. 30 minutes were spent working out how I could haul myself off the bed, grab my phone and get back without raising any suspicions and the remaining 15 were spent guessing how long was left #welldonebrain
But that’s the exact problem, when I’m in the perfect environment to relax and unwind I go into panic mode. Spas must love me ;) If I sit for too long I get agitated, you’ll never even catch me waiting for something to load or open on my computer, as soon as the requirement to wait presents itself I’ve switched tabs and am onto the next thing. Now this is all well and good when I’m busy at work, but when my surroundings change and I’m on holiday relaxing out by a pool my overactive mind actually becomes pretty annoying. Instead of embracing the surroundings I’ve found myself thinking about the impending move, what could be happening at work, what our next plan or agenda is. Each moment slips by in front of me without as much as a nod of slowing down.
Well enough is enough, for the first time in 2/3 years I’ve read a book on a holiday, typically an impossible activity thanks to free poolside wifi. Whilst sitting in the pool yesterday at the One&Only I vowed to slow down. Closing my eyes I pictured the sights, sounds, smells all around me in the hope my mental picture would last a lifetime. Just because time doesn’t stop still, doesn’t mean we can’t. Life goes on without us so don’t loose yourself in the fast lane trying to keep up as hard as you try, it’s an impossible task. It’s not weak being able to slow down and embrace the moment, honestly it’s something I wish I could do better. Learning to switch off is a gift, one that I wish upon us all :)