Friday. I love that word. It’s like my soul sighs and my entire being relaxes, just thinking it.It’s Friday. Even when I am having a decent week, Friday just gives me a fresh breath, a second wind and a sense of accomplishment. I did it! I made it through another work week and am none the worse for wear. That’s a pretty good feeling, I have to say. I used to look forward to Friday for altogether different reasons; I could finally crack open that bottle of wine, drink it down and then maybe another. Relaxing meant getting drunk. I honestly didn’t know how to relax without assistance. It’s pretty sad, looking back.
The body will follow with whatever the brain tells it to do, so getting the mind to slow down, change gears and let go of that repetitive cycle of worry, anxiety and fear helps a great deal. I happened to look in the mirror the other day at my desk and was shocked at the grim, intense, unsmiling face that looked back at me. It startled me for a minute before I realized that is my default face. My “I’m at work and I’m concentrating, focusing, thinking and I’m not at all happy about it” face. That was a huge wake up call for me to change the default setting on my expression. Now, when I feel like everything is “locking down” I take a deep breath, think of something/someone that makes me smile and consciously relax. I have to do it frequently, as I find myself hunched over my keyboard, brow furrowed, the grim line of my lips warning all to back off, leave me alone; giving the overall impression of a troll setting about to decimate some unfortunate victim. I am actually a rather nice person, but a stranger would not see that if they came upon me during such a moment.
So, Friday is the day that I am able to relax, fully. I know that I have some time away from work to work on me. I can catch up with family, have a mini-vacation or a quick getaway and leave the troll at work. This weekend I’m fortunate enough to get out of town and spend some time with my youngest brother, who I don’t get to see enough of. An added bonus, I’ll be able to feast my eyes upon mountains, blue skies and all the wonderful creatures of nature. That is something I certainly don’t do frequently enough. Nature is the answer to the question, “How can I feel better?” What better way to relax than to occupy your unsettled mind with images of flowing waters, bending trees and flowers in bloom? I can’t think of too many. Just thinking about it makes me smile, my shoulders drop and oh look! There are those dimples! I’m pretty sure trolls don’t have dimples.
Have a very happy Friday and a most relaxing weekend.