Relaxation: My Word for This Year


Relaxation: My Word for 2024.

Let’s talk about something that’s often overlooked in our fast-paced world: relaxation.

It’s easy to succumb to the notion that we must perpetually be active, working, and accomplishing goals in a culture that celebrates efficiency and continual effort. What about pausing for a deep breath, letting things go at a slower pace, and just enjoying life?

I’ll be the first to admit that I fall into the trap of believing that every minute of the day needs to be filled with something productive. Whether it is work-related tasks, personal projects, or trying to learn something new, I feel guilty if I’m not actively doing something. I tell myself it’s because there are so many things that I want to do and to learn that I dare not waste a minute. And that’s true, but I’m sure there are other psychological reasonings at play here too.

I’ve come to realize, though, that it’s crucial to make time for relaxation and self-care. Think about it this way: just like our smartphones need recharging to function at their best, we, too, need to recharge our batteries. And that’s where relaxation comes in.

It doesn’t have to be anything grand or elaborate. Sometimes, for me, it’s as simple as sitting down with a good book and getting lost in the story. Other times, it might be pulling out my woodworking tools to work on a refinishing or repurposing project.  Or it could be creating a photo album, working on a quilt, or getting out my paint brushes and watercolor paper and making a mess. After I spend time doing something that is relaxing for me,  I regain energy and focus and feel ready to tackle any task that is waiting for me.

It’s important to remember that relaxation looks different for everyone. What works for me might not necessarily work for you, and that’s perfectly okay! The key is to find what brings you peace and makes you feel rejuvenated.

If you’re feeling guilty about taking time for yourself, let me reassure you: it’s not selfish. In fact, it’s an act of self-love. By prioritizing your well-being, you’re better equipped to handle life’s challenges and be there for others.

I was surprised to learn that the world kept spinning even when I wasn’t working on something, even if every spare minute of my time wasn’t accounted for.  But it did. And it will for you too.

So, as we move into 2024, if you struggle with the concept of relaxation, give yourself permission to unwind without constantly reminding yourself to get things done. I have, and it’s really quite freeing.

This week I joined the Digital Scrapper Everyday Stories Class and I completed my first week’s page. It was so fun and relaxing for me.

Okay, I did put it on my calendar to create my weekly page every Sunday. Some would say that is scheduling time for relaxation, rather than being spontaneous about it. It is, of course.  But it’s a step in the right direction. And that’s okay too.




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