Working on relaxing
This blog is getting close to having a thousand posts. In fact, in three weeks it will have.
The first post was written by Dr John Grohol. It was an introduction to this blog. I don’t think either one of us had any idea it would have this kind of longevity, but we both did the best possible thing for it, we set no limits beyond integrity and a desire to inform and support.
And here it is, so very very old and still growing.
Time to relax
Yes. It’s time to take a break. I’ve written several posts and scheduled them. And starting next week while they publish themselves, clever things that they are, I will be relaxing.
That is, I’ll be trying to relax.
A slight problem …
Yes, you may have caught that. I have ADHD. Relaxing is not something I do very well.
And yet, I’m going to try.
I’m going to try to leave most of my work behind. And I’m going to try not to stress about things. I am going to get myself out of the house, so as not to worry about things in the house; I’m hoping that if they are out of sight they truly will be out of mind.
But I’m packing screens, the computer, the phone, even my e-book and my MP3 player are coming with me.
I know, I know …
You’re asking me how I can get away from it all if I’m taking it all with me, and you’re right to ask.
But my mind is perfectly capable of taking it all with me and worrying over it all even without the accoutrements of work. If I have the means of access, hopefully that will allow me to simply set my mind at ease and go back to relaxing. At least, that’s my hope.
And I think this is valid. I think this is a good plan.
Where will my head be?
Will I be thinking about work even when I am trying to rejuvenate? Maybe. I can’t forecast what my brain will do. If I am thinking of work though, I can tell you that not being able to access it and put my mind at ease will not force me to relax.
I’m as certain about this as I can be about anything, that if I end up on holidays but working through them, it will be more relaxing than if I go on holidays and fret over things I’m unable to do anything about the whole time.
Part of coping with a disorder is accepting the things that don’t change, and part of that acceptance is to make changes to the context in which those unchangeable things occur.So taking access to work with me when I go on holidays is allowing me to create context.
But hey, maybe I’ll get there and forget all about work completely. If That happens … I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.
Babcock, K. (2018). Working on relaxing. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 22, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2018/01/working-on-relaxing/