Greetings from beautiful Antigua!
This week, my husband and I are enjoying some time down in sunny Antigua! Getting married is an incredible experience but it can also be incredibly stressful…hence the tradition of taking a honeymoon immediately after. After our big day earlier this year, we opted to push our honeymoon until later – splitting the time, money, experience, etc. It was a good idea (and I’d definitely recommend it to others), but it did test me more than I could have imagined…I didn’t realize how much I needed a break until I got here!
I multi-task. I over-schedule. I push and push and push. All the while, not giving myself much of a break (if any).
Do you remember when weekends used to be for relaxing? It seems like every Friday I start my list for things I “need to do” over the weekend. Chores we haven’t gotten to, errands around town, work (yes, when I’m off from work)…
Well, we finally made it here to beautiful Hermitage Bay in Antigua and being here only 48 hours has seriously made me realize just busy I make myself. The first full day we were here I went for a run, kept asking my husband what he wanted to do and couldn’t keep from checking my phone…We’ve been trained to accept that if we’re not going going going, we’re slacking or not doing things well enough. But we need to remember that rest is just as important to the success of our health and life.
This morning I woke up and went to yoga to help get myself centered. I love yoga because it really helps me pause, if even just for a few moments, and focus. It was amazing to practice in such a stunning place! Then, after breakfast, we went to the beach and I just sat there. I have a book to read. I have my phone with me. But I wanted to just sit…take in the sun, the sand, the waves. It was an incredible feeling to just be in the moment.
Like Annie and Jami both mentioned in their fall goals, I need to take more time for myself and allow breaks! We work hard. And we need to make time to allow our bodies and minds to recover.
How do you take a break? In today’s world of endless to-do lists, how do you make time to hit the pause button?