An Evening Relaxing By the Fireplace
Today has turned out to be a special evening. It’s Wednesday, and it is feeling like winter out there, with the weather getting cold and the days getting very short. The late afternoon started out as usual, with everyone getting home from work and school, and heading to the kitchen to get supper ready. My husband had worked outdoors the whole day, so when he came in, he suggested we do something that we usually reserve for Fridays or weekends: light some logs in the fireplace. We enjoyed supper by the warmth of the comforting blaze, and then my son and I played a game of chess. Now we are all sitting quietly, each of us absorbed in our own activity, relaxing into a bit of introspection. This evening has a rare, “old-world” kind of charm. There is a stillness and tranquility about sitting next to a crackling fire that soothes the spirit.
Research Proves that Relaxing Is No Waste of Time.
We live in such a hectic, busy world, and it just keeps speeding up. Many people even think that busyness is the sign of efficiency and success. True, working hard is a good and necessary aspect of life. The truth, though, is that resting is just as important, and it is a wise investment in your physical and mental health. There is a huge body of respected research to prove it.
The Many Benefits of Rest.
A mounting body of research is now proving something that we’ve probably known all along: taking time to slow down, to step away from our busy schedules, is great for all aspects of our health, and actually helps us be more productive. It recharges and renews us, gives us a chance to reflect, and process our decisions and plans. It helps us feel contented and connected. While the fireplace is a nice treat that we enjoy in our current home, the most important part is taking time to pause. We can’t often take an evening during the week to relax in the way we did this Wednesday, but we can incorporate shorter, restful breaks into our days and evenings. We can also plan for longer pauses on our weekends, scheduling blocks of time that we can look forward to.
Maybe It’s Time For a Little Nap.
It is wise to make rest one of our priorities- even schedule it into our agendas – if that’s what it takes. How to spend that time, what to do is flexible: choose what works for you, what you enjoy most. Even napping is a wise way to pause, as evidence shows it has many benefits both for the body and mind. Slowing down helps us savour life, stay connected to who we are, and restore balance. In the end, taking time to live at a more natural pace means we become more productive and feel more enthusiasm to face our daily lives.
And Now, The Dishes….
Now I have to go do the dishes, and get us ready for another busy day tomorrow. Oh well. At least we’re ready to take on the rest of the week with more focus and energy.
Posting soon – These days, we are all too busy. On saying no: How do we make the time for the things that really matter to us?
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