From time to time I’ll sit down with a pile of magazines, flick through them looking longingly at the photos of faraway places, and read the odd article. But you can guarantee that my mind is rarely fully concentrating on what’s in front of me. I’m a sucker for travel magazines, planning future trips that are probably way off in the distance – like a couple of years away at least. I know I need the time out, but I’m one of those people who just can’t switch off. If I’m doing one thing, you can guarantee I will be thinking about what I’m going to be doing next. It’s not very often I can sit and just be.
After a couple of car accidents over the past decade, I’ve been left with problems with my neck and back that flare up quite regularly. Trips to the physio are frequent, which in turn have made me more aware of the types of exercise that are good for my body and the types of exercise that aren’t. A few weeks ago my neck flared up, which in turn gave me an excruciating headache as well, and I ended up losing two days. At first I was determined to soldier on, and on day one I insisted it would be okay and I could keep going – when in actual fact I ended up getting nowhere fast and it would have been better to just give in. I couldn’t think straight or concentrate on anything, and I just pumped myself full of painkillers throughout the day.
When I finally managed to drag myself out of bed on day two, I decided to give myself the rest that I needed. I grabbed breakfast and a brew, got comfy downstairs on the settee and picked up my pile of travel magazines. I didn’t answer any emails, or phone calls and I didn’t get dressed until after lunch! …..and even then, once showered I put my comfy trackies and socks on and snuggled down into my hoody; for the first time in aaaaages, it actually felt good to let myself just be. The next day I was ready and raring to go, but if I hadn’t have given myself time out the day before, it could have been a different story…..
So from now on, when I feel like I need time out – I’m just going to go with the flow and take it. I’ve been stocking up on travel magazines, just in case……
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