Letting go can take you where you need to be

 

The Italian ‘siesta’ is contrary to what most people think—Italians don’t nap for three hours. We close the doors and go home to cook and eat with family or if you are in bigger cities, a restaurant. I don’t suggest this for everyone or everyday, but a few times a week a glass of wine or maybe two with lunch will set the tone for a leisurely afternoon. Plenty important city spend time eating with friends at a local hotspot and enjoying a well deserved break.

You do something for you. In the middle of the day. If someone has a problem with that, it’s theirs!

We have to let go of the guilt for not planning, producing and consuming. While this may be cultural, I think people around the world experience the pressure to measure the success of their day by what they’ve accomplished. If that is the case for you, perhaps you should consider a new measuring system. Instead of counting the number of appointments you’ve made, rooms you’ve cleaned, miles driven or shopping accomplished, try measuring your day by the number of times you smiled about nothing or watched the grass grow.  Consider measuring success by how long you spent lingering over an amazing dinner with those you love.

At first, doing nothing is hard work. Imagine how stressful the first few days of a vacation can be as you decompress and let go of the pressures of work and everyday life. Now image the last few days of a vacation. You can no longer remember what had stressed you out, your muscles are loose and you could lay in a hammock all day.

It’s the little things that we do to take a second for ourselves that help us have happier, healthier lives— la dolce vita.