“Busy, but good!”
I’m getting a bit tired of hearing myself say this in response to all “How are you” type questions. I suspect that we’re all busy. But is it “good”? This part, I’m a bit less sure of.
As a counsellor-in-training, I spend a lot of time talking to My People about self-care. The great thing about being a counsellor is, I get to say, “Here’s the importance of self-care, here are some ideas…Figure out some ways that work for you and let’s chat about them next time”. And then we book an appointment for next Thursday. Which is a big relief because, frankly, I’m a bit weak in this area. Give me an empty day and I’ll find 3 projects to finish, language flashcards that need learning, a new recipe to try and someone to help.
On the one hand, having a productivity-oriented personality is a good thing. It means I can multi-task, be active in many areas and rarely waste time. On the other hand, it means I tend to burn the candle at both ends.
So, my friends, here is my query: how do you rest? How do you re-charge or care for yourself? I’m interested in small, daily activities and long-term habits. How do you know when it’s time to pull back? And finally, if you can recommend a light, non-disturbing, moderately well-written, mildly humourous and overall life-giving novel (preferably historical fiction), I will give you some bonus points.