Lately, I find myself struggling with relaxing. I don’t often think of myself as a stressed-out individual, nor do I think I have “too much on my plate”, so what’s going on?! Given the long weekend we just had, I was hoping to kick-back, enjoy some good ol’ family time, and mentally sail far, far away from the real world. For some reason, I never quite got there. UGH.

Here’s a little of what we got into this weekend…

On Friday, we celebrated my best friend’s 25th birthday with her family (visiting from PA), a few close friends, and a number of cold pints (okay, you caught me… a couple of shots, too). Happy birthday, Rachel! For the rest of the weekend, Rich and I drove down to Topsail Island to stay with my parents and my sister Kara. Don’t get me wrong, we had a great time, and the weather was (for the most part) amazing. Beach walks, reading, a little sunbathing, a shrimp boil, plenty of cold drinks to go around (not to make us all out to be lushes or anything…) – I mean, I must be a lunatic to not feel at ease, right?

I’m working on planning/scheduling (yeah, I know those are not relaxation words) more down-time into the evenings of my work week, in hopes of getting more comfortable with the idea that IT IS OKAY to do nothing. I will admit— I like to feel productive. Sometimes the idea of “doing nothing” actually makes me anxious. Am I wasting time? Isn’t there something I should be doing? What needs to be done? Should I plan something to do?

It’s exhausting how often I ask myself these questions.

I know, I’m a freak.

Hell, I am likely stressing YOU out now…

Does anyone else have trouble relaxing on vacation, or even just on a weekend? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for “checking-out” of the real world, feeling at-ease, and just being okay with being lazy!

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