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Editor’s Note: Guest post by Anna Kravtsov.
What does it mean to relax? Is relaxation a person, place, thing?
Many people think that relaxation is a vacation from work, a bubble bath, a movie- but in fact it really depends on many factors. When on vacation are you packing everything into the day? Are you arguing with the significant other who you’re vacationing with? Are you worried about the work that has to be done when you come back? Or are you looking into the ocean, watching the waves crash and thinking that it’s a wonderful life?
After a tough semester I finally have 2 weeks off from school and have noticed an interesting phenomenon. Despite having so much free time w/o many obligations, my mind continues to think and act in the same manner as it does during “school mode.” Despite the lack of tests, it is now concentrating on the many friends I must see, the laundry list of things I need to do which I’ve put off, and all the shopping and presents I have to buy. The past two days I’ve found myself wanting to do something, but thinking of whether I need to do something else before I can get to what it is I want to do. (I probably just confused you). There is always something.
What this all has made me realize is that RELAXATION is actually a state of mind. We can be on vacation and still not be relaxed, or we can be in the middle of 10 finals and be in a state of relaxation.
Relaxation is the ability to not worry about anything- to be completely content in the moment and not think about the past or the future. It is the ability to let the past be in the past, and let the future work itself out. It is a complete state of trust.
Our circumstances change. People change. Everything changes and life constantly throws new challenges our way. We can go with it, or against it. It all depends on our thoughts.
What are you thinking about?
This is a guest post from Anna Kravtsov. She just finished her 2nd year at the UMDNJ medical school.
I know you guys missed me, but today I take my very last final of the semester and look forward to writing some articles here and other sites.