31, 10, 2016

Relax, Relate & Release

 

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This post is sponsored by Groupon. All opinions are mine

I had to borrow a line from my favorite character from my favorite show for this one!

Earlier this month, I chatted a little bit about my month long break.  During that time I had a moment where I just couldn’t deal. I felt like the weight of the world was crashing on me and that my life was moving faster than I could keep up with. I was dropping the ball in every area of my life. A simple task like laundry or cleaning my bathroom became daunting because it was another item on my to-do list; one I knew I would never get to. It wasn’t just about the tasks I had to complete on a daily basis, but the emotional and mental energy that each thing required and people pulling at me all the time.

[Read: My Month Away]

You’re probably like, “Girl. wait until you get real life concerns, like marriage and kids and mortgages, then you’ll really know what’s up!” I thought the same thing. I really felt like a failure because I could not manage the little bit of responsibility that I had. At this rate, I’d fall apart once I hit “real” life.

In May I read a story about a Columbia University student who disappeared without telling her family and friends. That idea slowly became appealing.

I wanted a way to push pause or restart on my life before I really felt apart.

I needed a mini vacation where I could be free from the stress of my responsibilities (even if it’s just for a moment) and chill. So I took a mental health weekend. Bae suggested I turned off my phone the whole weekend: that means, no calls, texts, emails, notifications, nothing at all. Then I headed to a local coffee shop and colored! Yup, and old school coloring book. It was the most freeing thing ever!

It wasn’t a cure all for how I was feeling or an answer to my management problem, but it was the stop moment I needed. It gave me an opportunity to clear my head, charge up a little bit and come back to my life with enough energy to make a plan of action. And sometimes we need that. We need to stop the chaos and rest up so that we can really zero in on what’s going on around us and tackle one thing at a time.

[Read: Finding Spiritual Steadiness in Online Chaos]

For me, a Vogue coloring book and coffee shop visit did it. For you, it may be a massage or manicure or rock climbing. Whatever it is, there are a variety of Health, Beauty and Wellness Groupons that can help you find your perfect “it” to you pause, unwind and break free from the stress of life. Trust me your body and mind will thank you for it.


3 responses to “Relax, Relate & Release”

  1. Lisa says:

    Everyone seems to be into coloring again! I have to get an “adult” coloring book. I been thinking about planning a trip soon too and just not even tell anyone where I am, but I know I will probably cause too much drama with my family for that. But, I agree we all need that space to just let go from the norms of life. You may not be much of an outside person, but try taking a walk sometime. I find that really helps as well. Great Post ma’am!

  2. Asea says:

    I love coloring. I really need one of those breaks 😩. My job never ends lol ❤️

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