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Too much work? - Relax!

I guess there's no need to say that we, freelancers, need to learn to relax. Being a workaholic won't do us any good. On the contrary, it will quickly lead to the burnout. Are you sure you want to feel exhausted all the time? Do you really want to hate life from the moment you wake up? Do you rejoice when you lose the interest in things you used to love? I hope not! That's why we need to relax. Yes, sometimes it means saying 'no' to a tempting project when it's over our capacity (there are other ways to cope with it though, like working on it together with a colleague for instance etc.), but in the end our health is what matters more than money. My father used to say, "If you love your work that's good. But if you work too much, at some point you will realize that you are working only to cover your medical expenses". He knew what he was talking about because he had three kids to raise in the 1990-s (it was a "fun" time here with no food, two defaults etc. Now we say that since we have survived that we'll survive anything), so he had to work a lot. Our families need healthy moms, dads, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers etc. So it's vitally important to learn to relax.

I have experienced burnout several times in the past 3 years. Believe me, there's nothing good in it. So that's why I made it my goal to watch myself and my life and work balance very closely.

A couple weeks ago I asked other freelancers on Twitter what is the best way for them to relax. So here are a few ideas that we came up with:
1) take naps or sleep longer at night (@Transliteria and me)
2) go for a walk (@Transliteria)
3) watch TV (@LinguaGreca)
4) go out with friends (@Transliteria)
5) drive to the sea and relax on the cliffs (@janatranslation)
6) a couple days ago Aga Gordon (@acgtranslation) mentioned going to the gym because she feels much better after a workout. So I'm adding that to the list, too!
7) and another point on my personal list is prayer. It helps me remember what's most important in life and doesn't let me lose the focus no matter how hectic my life may be.

How do you relax? Ideas are more than welcome!

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