Monday, January 12, 2015

Quote of the Week

This is day six of the 20 Days of Chill writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaa. Please join me as we share a month of reading, writing and discovery. Today's topic is What is "chill" and how do 
I do it?
There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.  
- Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes


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The definition of "chill" is to relax or hang out. Relax means to spend time resting or doing something enjoyable, especially after you have been doing work.

How you do it depends on you.  The concept of relaxing is different for each person. Maybe you like to listen to classical music, curl up with a good book and/or cat, take a walk, or head to the beach.


Chilling doesn't necessarily mean doing nothing. Some people relax by working.  Not working at their everyday jobs, or doing chores, but by working at their hobbies like painting, scrapbooking, or gardening (not to be confused with toiling in the hot sun).


In today's world sometimes relaxing doesn't come easy.  We feel guilty if we're not being productive or if we aren't marking off all the items on our never-ending "to do" list. Stress can be a 24/7 problem, interfering with our rest.  That makes it all the more important to add "relax" to our list of things to accomplish.  Yes, sometimes it is necessary to schedule down time.

Here are some of the health benefits* of relaxation:
  1. Helps protect your heart.
  2. Helps protect you against getting colds.
  3. Helps boost your memory.
  4. Helps protect you against depression.
  5. Helps you make better decisions.
These are just five of the many reasons to add some rest and relaxation to your day planner.

So whether it's taking in an afternoon matinee or lying on your back watching the clouds, take some time to just chill - it's good for you!


*Read more here. 

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19 comments:

  1. Hi Linda .. even a few minutes in quiet time helps a great deal. I remember when my mother was still alive, and my uncle was ill also ... so I was caring and thinking for both ... I was standing peacefully in the supermarket queue ... oblivious to the world around me - just taking time out - when I was asked if I'd like to use the self-service bit ... I said No!! I just needed my head space ...

    Take time to chill - quite agree .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary, I guess we can chill anywhere, anytime, and every little bit helps, right?

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  2. So true that it's different for everyone but I might have too much chill time up here.

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    1. Well you may certainly have too much chill, for sure.

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  3. Thank you for this reminder to take a step back and find something that is relaxing. Taking time for yourself is so important.

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    1. You're welcome. It is something we all need to do, especially with our busy lives these days.

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  4. Great quote from Bill Watterson. It fits perfectly.

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    1. Thanks! I really like the cartoon and quote...seemed to be a good fit for today.

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  5. Honestly... I am moving ALL the time and if I stop to sit with a book or something, VERY rare, I truly TRULY feel guilty. This summer I started to teach myself how to relax... my daughter started to "chill" back at the house when she used to go with me to the beach every time. So I found myself alone on the beach and thought, "WOW. I can swim.I can sit. I can READ." I was lonely at first but by the end I really learned to appreciate just "chilling."

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    1. I can relate and feel like I have to get this done or finish that before I can do something I want and sometimes I run out of time. Good for your daughter for figuring out "chill" and for you for following lead. For you, the beach is your chill spot (and I agree with you). By the way, your daughter has grown into a lovely young lady. I know you are proud!

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  6. Quote and image - two thumbs up!

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  7. This post really hits home for me. Relaxing really does bring me a lot of guilt, although I know it shouldn't. You would think that the act of doing nothing would come naturally, but a lot of people like me need to be reminded how it's done. Great post, Linda.

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    1. Thanks! I understand...sometimes during down time I utilize multi-tasking. I'm watching TV and making grocery lists or writing posts or sorting coupons.

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  8. I truly do think having your own chill time is important. I've focused on this much more in the past year or so and feel 100 times better, mentally and physically. I've realized time for myself, or doing things I enjoy is important -- even if that means loafing on the couch watching some old movies for a day. :)

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    1. Oh ... and having Calvin and Hobbes at the top .. a win in my book!

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    2. Your're right P.J., it isn't being lazy, it is taking care of yourself. There are health benefits from learning to chill.

      That was a great cartoon!!!

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  9. This post hits the mark for me. What's really sad is sometimes I have to actually "schedule" chill time or I keep going like the energizer bunny. And I'm retired. I don't have to work, but here I am typing away and spending most of day in front of the computer, just like I did when I was being PAID to work!!!

    I love this quote and plan to keep it in my "Reminders" folder. Now, I just have add check Reminder folder" to my list to "to dos" :~)

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    1. I have guilty feelings when I take down time in the middle of the day to do nothing (I'm usually multi-tasking while watching TV), but I'm certainly no energizer bunny. Sounds like you need to slow down a bit.

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