Recently, I read a post by Claire Legrand, and it brought home to me how much my life had become work and writing, with no time for anything else. Don’t get me wrong, I love my writing. The creating new worlds, characters, and following their stories – there’s nothing like it.

Still, I used to do other things, and what with work taking up such a lot of my time, every other moment has become writing-oriented just to get something done. That post reminded me to do something else every once in a while – get back to other things I enjoy.

My response?

I located my half-finished cross-stitch (that would be the picture above – can you tell what it is yet :)). I used to spend a lot of time doing cross-stitch. I’m useless at sewing, but I find cross-stitch relaxing. The finding of it certainly wasn’t relaxing. I’d had a tidy up (which automatically means I can’t find anything) and it took me a while to remember where I’d “tidied” it to.

Having found it, I started up again. I’d got to a stage where backstitch seemed a sensible idea, so I continued with that. It was amazing how great it felt to do something different!

The same with a recent trip to the cinema with my sister. Nice to just spend some time chatting and seeing a movie.

I think I forget sometimes to put everything on pause and relax for a bit, and it’s really true what they say: a change is as good as a rest :).

What about you? Do you remember to take timeout? What do you do to get away from the everyday norm?