Chill Out

#Contentology #chillout

“Chill out” can mean lots of different things to different people, for me it either means to calm down (such as telling someone to ‘be chill’ when they are getting stressed out), or it’s a way of making note that we need to put relaxation at the top of our priority list.

For lots of people the catching a Netflix episode is a way of chilling out for a bit (or zoning out from thoughts and concerns of every day life), but for me to get really chilled would be to take a very quiet and relaxing bath or just to chill out in the spa. Another way I like to chill out is to paint or draw as this is totally absorbing and creative pastime for me (and to be honest, it’s usually easier to get to this activity than the relaxing bath!).

So how often do you purposely make time to really relax and have uninterrupted time that allows you to just feel totally calm and peaceful or get lost in your favourite activity?

 It can be really challenging to prioritise this activity for ourselves as parents, because there are so many other demands on our time, so much noise and interruptions in the home. But when you think of what this capacity to have chill-out time does for us and our families, that helps to make it a priority.

Chilling out says you value down time, it says that it’s ok to have fun, it models self-care and it can also invite play and connection with family members as well, if that’s what your chilling looks like. So do take a moment to connect with how you relax and try and put a focus on getting some of that in your life today.

#creativepastime #relaxing_time #relaxyourmind

Chill out – creative pastime

Published by Kate French

Clinical Psychologist; expertise in autism and child and family psychology.

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