Resting the Mind and Soul

My last semester of university was one of the most stressful and upsetting periods of my life.  It had its ups and downs, its joys and sorrows, and ultimately represented the choice I made long ago in taking the hard road instead of the easy way.  While I would never willingly do that semester again because of the amount of stress and anxiety placed on myself to complete my very last semester of undergrad and raise my GPA (which sadly didn’t happen), I am glad I went through what I did.  I do believe it was all worth it.

So when my bestie stole me away for a weekend at the beach over Memorial Day weekend, I didn’t really know what I expected to do.  I had spent the last few months in an almost constant state of must-do-this-must-do-that-must-do-more-can’t-sleep-yet-ALARM-snooze-work-school-family-CLASS-read-more-more-more.  So I packed all my beach stuff (including the heavy-duty sunscreen for my lily white skin) and my writing notebook and a few books and headed out for a weekend of sun and sand.

I barely cracked open my writing notebook.  I did three pages of writing in the three days I was at the beach.  Disgraceful, on a normal day, to accomplish so little.  But I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything even remotely like work during my beach days.  Even though one part of me wanted to write, to do something useful, the rest of me said no.  It was time to relax and take a break from the rest of life.

Every once in a while, it’s good to have a lazy day or two.  It’s good to rest the mind, to not push yourself to get things done in every second of every day.  It’s good to not force yourself onward.  Taking a day to relax is good for the mind and the soul, as well as the body.  The loss of so much stress has helped me sleep better, loosened all the knotted muscles, and fixed my appetite.  In today’s world where we are surrounded all the time by reminders to do this, and do that, go here and there, now now NOW, we all need to take a break once in a while.  I didn’t realize at the time of my beach vacation, but my body knows this, even if my brain does not.  My body forced me and my mind to relax, to ignore the impulses to get something done, even to ignore the computer.

Since summer is coming up (and feels like it’s already here, with these temperatures!), everyone deserves a little bit of a break.  Even if you don’t go somewhere, take a break somehow, someway.  If you can take it, one lazy day is not going to kill you.  I plan on taking another one–soon!!

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2 responses to “Resting the Mind and Soul

  1. A day of sleep goes a long way – and going too long without relaxing only makes you inefficient, stressed and tired in the long run, and just all around not very productive.

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