It may be that you have children to get ready for crèche or school, animals to feed and walk, partners to hurry up and gently push out the door.
Then its the commute or drive or walk or cycle to work, to a friends, to a meeting, or to shop.
The end of the day approaches, work to finish, children to pick up, dogs to walk, gym sessions, dinner to cook, children to bath, books to read, study to be done.
Finally....Finally some time to relax. Me time You time and Partner time.
My question is though..When do you REALLY chill out?
My husband asked this question the other day when one of our children said, "Mum just chill out I will get it done!"
"Dont you understand, my husband said, We cant chill out until it is done and these days it seems like NEVER."
I was horrified..Do I never chill out and have the Me time I long for? I sat and thought about it and he was right. It didn't matter if I was sitting, walking the dog or doing the dishes my mind is always on go and I am thinking about the next thing on my agenda, tomorrow, the kids, work, everything!
Our lives have become so full that some days I long to sit on a porch, rock gently and watch the world go by one minute at a time and not think about anything.
When do we stop and get off the treadmill and stop to smell the roses? Is it in retirement? because for me that diary is already fairly full with places to see, people to visit and new friends to make.
One thing I have never compromised on is our sit down family dinner.
Each night whoever is home we sit at a set table and enjoy the comfort of sharing what we did for the day. No television just us and that my friends I realise is when I really do CHILL OUT! Not at night under my quilt cover but at dinner surrounded by my family :)
Enjoy your week and I hope you find your Chill Out time!