Relaxing and letting go is something I tend to find very difficult. I am a sucker for routine, addicted to time schedules, and love to be organised. It is very rare I enter into a day without knowing exactly what I am going to do, and when. For my lifestyle, where my days can be quite busy fitting in work, training, and university work, I need to be organised, otherwise everything wouldn’t get done. But I don’t always need a schedule to run my day, at times I can let go and go with the flow, this is on holiday. Whilst I know I can let go on holiday, it is something I still struggle to do.
Last week I went away with my mum. Just the two of us and the dogs. From the get go she told me that all my training would be done each day, but she wanted me to relax about it. She wanted me to lie in, wake up whenever, train whenever, and not be governed by a schedule. She said it’s basically a training camp without the time schedules. I must admit I found this very hard. Without her constantly reminding me we had nothing to do and I could train whenever, I probably would’ve stuck to my usual daily schedule. I am naturally an early bird, and my lie in is 6:45am, but knowing I could have a slightly slower morning before starting my training was refreshing.
It is good for all of us to learn to let go at times. Sticking to the same strict routine day in, day out, becoming consumed by time schedules and routines can be exhausting without even realising. Especially when training is near enough non-stop all year round, you forget to shut off at times and get stuck in your daily routine. Sometimes all you need is to slightly change how you do things and when you do training in order to refresh your mind and prove to yourself you can be more relaxed about training and still get it all done.
Whilst throwing away the strict daily routine may seem daunting, and not necessarily enjoyable at first, it was very beneficial for me to do this. It made me completely switch off and relax, for a week. Whilst I enjoyed it for a week and I needed it, I was very happy going back to my daily routine. Letting go did me the power of good, and I have now returned home feeling refreshed and ready to go again.
Sometimes we just need to switch off, and I needed this. It can be important to learn to let go off the control we have over our everyday lives and chill. It is important to take advantage of the down time we get, as it doesn’t come all that often.
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