Just Relax.

We all get stressed out from time to time, and then there are those of us that are prone to being a little more...tense, to put it nicely.

I'm one of those people and maybe you are too.  It's so easy for me to watch myself spinning into stress if I'm not careful.  I have a pattern of overworking, trying to please everyone, do everything by myself, and when I have some downtime I feel like there's probably something else more productive that I should be doing other than making sure I don't go insane.  Fail.

The truth is, yes, we all have things we have to get done, deadlines that we need to meet, places to go and items to check off of our to-do lists.  But, there is also a time to relax.

You don't need me to bring up all those science experiments do you, where they prove that stress pretty much wrecks your entire mind and body over time?  Just Google stress and there are pages and pages of articles that pretty much all say the same thing...chill out!

Stress not only impacts your mind and body, but also impacts your happiness and personal well-being.  Ultimately, nothing is worse stressing out about enough to do that to yourself, and think about this way...if you have a heart attack, it won't matter whether or not you got that promotion or missed that deadline.

What would you say to a friend who was as stressed out as you are?  You'd give them the same to thing to them that I'm saying to you, so why not be your own friend and talk yourself down from that stress ledge.

Today I am choosing to relax.  I am ignoring all the thoughts in my head that are anxiety provoking, and I'm deciding to choose myself over my stress.

I decided a part of this process would be to try something fun that I've wanted to do for a long time, but have put off because I always thought I didn't have enough time...I experimented with watercolor!  

I'm not finished yet, but I can definitely say that even just brushing the watercolor onto the paper has already helped me to wind down a little and prepare for a weekend of calm.

My watercolor experiment.

So, I'm challenging you to do something for yourself, to de-stress and relax this weekend.  Breathe out a little bit, and remember that it's just not that serious.