‘It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain is fatal.’ Stirling Moss.

24 Nov

As I am sure you all realise we are fast coming up to the end of another year.  Yay!  But alsoYikes!  I’m not at all ready for it.  Well—yes I am, but also, no, I’m not, if you know what I mean.  I am really looking forward to the Christmas break when I know I can take a couple of weeks off and just lie around the house and veg out (no phones, no computers, no students!) and play with my girls, go to the movies, do some sketching and catch up on my reading (and sleep)—but I am also very aware there is still so much I have to do before then.

To tell you the truth my brain aches.  I have never had any trouble relaxing my musclesin fact you could say I am a bit of an expert at it (sloth is my favourite deadly sin)—but my brain is a whole other story.  Although I can see Stirling Moss’s point about not relaxing your brain totally, it would be kind of nice to at least be able to switch it down a notchor three.  I like to think I am pretty good at dropping into relaxation mode when I need to and I can’t say I consciously feel overly stressed about anythingbut every now and again my brain likes to kick in and and remind me that I am obviously not as good at switching off as I think I am.

This past week I have woken every morning around 2.00am (wide awake—bam!) to find my mind running through lists of things that really (really, really) have to be done this week.  Because once they are donethere are all these other things that need to be done the week after that . . .  and the week after that . . .

‘. . . the festive season is thundering towards me and I have barely given it a moment’s thought . . . the car has to go to the garage on Friday for its MOT . . . got to think about the new term timetable now  ‘cos if it’s left until the New Year all hell will break loose . . . I have a house inspection this week, I’d better get go over it once more to keep the rental people happy . . . did I actually transfer those last course results on to that other database, or just think I did?  . . . I’ve got to get the brochure away to the printers at the end of next week . . . Marg’s puppy is coming to stay with us for the weekend  (shhhh, I haven’t told the girls yet) . . . what the hell am I going to write for this week’s blog . . . ‘

You know, that kind of thing.  Sigh.

Of course I am no different to anyone else and, if I am perfectly honest, my life is undoubtedly much less complicated and a lot less busy than many othersbut there you are.  It’s not their brains keeping me up at night, it’s mine.  It’s not as if I can do all that much about it either (short of getting really really good at meditation in a hurry and  that seems unlikely) and I do know that all these ‘things-that-need-to-be-done-right-now’ will eventually resolve themselves in due course.  They always do.  (In other words, suck it up and ride it out Sal.)

But you know, in spite of knowing all thatsometimes . . . just sometimes . . . it does a body a world of good just to have a bloody good grumble about it anyway . . .


Posted by on November 24, 2017 in Uncategorized


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5 responses to “‘It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain is fatal.’ Stirling Moss.

  1. C C Cedras

    November 27, 2017 at 10:59 pm


    😡 Darned button…grumble grumble


    • sallyinthehaven

      November 28, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Technology is fabulous – when it works!! The only thing I can suggest is that you ‘unfollow’ me and then ‘follow’ me again (presuming you want to of course). That has worked for other people who have been having issues. (The tech people say it is something to do with the different browsers people are using which is fine, but doesn’t really help much.) And thank you for the ‘like’!

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      • C C Cedras

        November 28, 2017 at 9:39 am

        I’ll try that! Meanwhile, just know that I’m “liking” everything.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. stevetalbot51

    November 26, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    You said it Sal – all the important things will get done on time – they always do 🙂
    Sometime I find a list helps – not just a list of things that have to be done, but the list of tasks AND the dates when you are going to complete them (all other things being equal!)
    That way you can prioritise tasks, and also put some structure around that big bundle of stuff, which obviously doesn’t all “fall due” on the same date.
    And when you wake up at night thinking about something that needs to be done soon, you can quickly go back to sleep because you know that it is scheduled for completion on such and such a date – and it will get done – and there is no point lying awake and worrying about it now 🙂
    It sounds easy enough but of course you have to be flexible as this is real life and there will always be priorities that need to be changed (and there will always be new tasks that have to go on the list).
    Sorry if this all sounds a bit “text book” but it works for me, especially when the days/hours are at a premium and I have more tasks and deadlines than I am comfortable with.
    Cheers, see you on Tuesday


    • sallyinthehaven

      November 27, 2017 at 7:26 am

      I have always been a list person – and continue to be so. It’s just sometimes it feels like I am crossing one thing off the top of the list – and adding 5 things to the bottom . . .

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