Just chill ...
It’s the weekend which means I have time to blog again. Isn’t this fun? It’s like a great big worldwide blogging party. Fantastic!
Firstly, let me say ‘Congratulations!’ to Lewis on the upcoming arrival of his little bundle of joy. Lewis, I am not a mum myself, so I have no parental words of wisdom to share, but I think anyone who thinks so seriously and carefully about how to be a good parent like you are doing is bound to be a great Dad. I wish you all the best.
Thanks to Wellebaby, Pary, Marianna, Habooba, David, Naheed, Filippo and Tomo for your comments. It’s great to be in touch with you all again! Pary, you asked about improving your vocabulary. Keeping a vocabulary notebook is a good idea – just jot down new words as you see them. But don’t try to do too much at once -- language boffins have found that we can only retain about 4-5 new words at a time. So sometimes, less is more! All of you who attempted my homework got it right – do I need to be more dastardly next time? Well, maybe not – it is the weekend, after all ...
Now, this morning I did something for the first time. I went to have a head and neck massage at a local clinic. I spend most of my day sat at the desk in front of the computer. And sometimes the muscles in my back and neck get knotted up. I thought the massage would help (it did a bit – but now I’m back at the computer again!). I also thought the massage might help me chill out. It didn’t really do that so much. Of course, I could have a nice glass of wine this evening to help me de-stress, but as I have given up booze for the month of January, this is not an option. In fact, I was interested to read Naheed’s last blog when she said that yoga helps her to relax. I have to agree. I don’t do yoga like Naheed, but I do do Pilates (not dissimilar to yoga) and a class called BodyPump. I find that when I am exercising I don’t think about anything else – there’s no time to think about work or house-hunting. So by the end of an hour’s class I am refreshed and relaxed. My head feels clearer. Even if I’m pooped (tired), I also feel happy. There’s a saying in English that ‘a healthy body means a healthy mind’. I’d say that’s quite a wise saying.
I wonder, what do you all do to unwind at the end of a stressful day?
Have a good (and relaxing!) weekend!
P.S. The last three words in bold in my blog mean the same thing. Can you think of any other synonyms for the word ‘relax’?
little bundle of joy –a newborn baby
boffins – very clever people
retain – remember
dastardly – evil, nasty
knotted up – you can use this phrase to describe muscles that feel tight and uncomfortable. You can also describe your stomach as ‘knotted up’ if you feel nervous
chill out/de-stress/unwind – all mean ‘relax’
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