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Saturday, 18 April 2015

And...relax.

It's no secret that I've been feeling a little overwhelmed lately. I have been reading a rather good book on controlling stress, which I'll be reviewing soon. And I'm trying to take note.

Learning to allow myself time for the things which help me to relax has been a pretty big step for me. I'm kind of hopeless at it; I'm not sure if it's that I see myself as a bit of a failure for needing to take time for myself, or whether I think there are other things I ought to be spending my time doing which are somehow more..worthy?

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Triceratops Creature Cup*
Anyway, I decided enough was enough and allowed myself a few hours where I could just take some time out and relax. Luckily, it meant I got the chance to try out some of the things Flamingo Gifts sent to me in a little parcel of loveliness at Easter.

I basically live on coffee, so a new mug was always going to go down well. This Creature Cup has a triceratops inside, so it's kind of hiding in your coffee.

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Cat Phoney*
I put some music on as I find this really relaxes me. My iPod is ancient and I keep thinking I'll replace it for something a little newer when it finally gives up the ghost, but it's still hanging on and whilst it works it seems silly to upgrade it. This little cat is designed to keep the headphone socket on your phone or iPod free from dust, so it's kind of perfect for when I've got it in the speaker dock.

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Flamingo Paperclips* and Sticky Notes*
I took the opportunity of a moment of calm to catch up on some of my letter-writing, as I've been a bit lax for the past couple of weeks, after being on top of it all last month. These flamingo paperclips are perfect for keeping all of the pages of a long letter nice and neat, and I love the bright and colourful sticky notes - I'm always on the lookout for cute letter-writing bits and pieces to tuck into my envelopes.

How do you choose to spend your time when you need to relax?

16 comments:

  1. I can totally sympathise with the difficulty in relaxing. I get very stressed when I don't have time for things that I see as just for me such as baking or sewing. Lately I've been forcing that time to happen because if I don't I think I might just pop!

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    1. I have been learning lately that taking time for myself and saying no to things I don't want to do but feel that I should do, is really good for me.

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  2. It took me years to accept that I didn't have to be busy all the time - that I didn't have to feel guilty for lazing around reading a book for hours on end. Glad you've managed to carve out a little time for yourself. x

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    1. I feel that guilt, but I'm trying hard to start to say no to things which I don't want to do and would only be agreeing to because I felt I had to.

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  3. These are all sweet items. I like them very much, especially the triceratops mug.x

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    1. It's a bit of a tricky job washing it up, but it's such a cute idea.

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  4. I'm hopeless at it too. I just think there are other things I need to be doing and it's silly because I'm ill and I still think like that.

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    1. Me too. I'm finding that my illness is just being worsened.

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  5. You should never feel guilty for needing "me time". You're only human! Everybody needs some time to themselves to relax, and do the fun things they love. I know I do! I love being around people and keeping busy, but if I don't get at least a little time to myself every day to recharge, I soon end up feeling exhausted. (Introvert problems! Lol.) I find cross-stitching, creative writing, blaring out happy tunes, reading, and journaling all help me de-stress.

    I'm impressed you still have your iPod Classic- mine died years ago. I have an iTouch these days, but I miss my old Classic- especially since I can't fit all of my music and videos on my current one. Those iPods were the best! xx

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    1. I can't believe my iPod is still going, the number of times it's been dropped and all sorts.

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  6. I loves me some stationary and those paper clips are divine!!

    Sorry to hear you give yourself such a hard time, I too am a bit of a stress head and major worrier. I hope you manage to ease up and give yourself a bit of a break. Be sure to look after yourself, petal x

    Gemma
    Faded Windmills

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  7. Crafting and gardening are my two big things that help me relax, sometimes reading although i've fallen out of love for that lately. I have to completely get off the internet and away from technology a lot of the time to relax these days, turning off from the wider world has helped me focus down on feeling a bit more settled and positive.

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    1. I'm finding that gardening is pretty relaxing lately, have been spending a lot more time at the allotment, which is good.

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  8. I love taking time out, it's something I've really learnt to do as I've gotten older. It's hard to not feel guilty when taking a break but it's so important! I seriously need to catch up with my letter writing too...

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    1. I go through phases of letterwriting where I am on top of it, and then maybe have a couple of weeks where they build up and I can't keep up.

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