Sunday is a good day to practice unwinding. If Sunday isn’t a good day for you then it’s still good to have at least one day a week when you set aside the demands, responsibilities and tasks for a short while and unwind. So, try to find a day in the next week even if it’s not a Sunday.
Once you find your day, how are you going to unwind?
Well, I was inspired by this swan – after all, what better way to unwind than to “swan around” for a bit? (I mean swan around in the wandering about aimlessly way, not in the dramatic or showing off way!)
The French have a great word for this – “flâner” – which means to stroll around, or (a nice English word – to “amble” around).
You see I don’t think unwinding means you need do nothing. It doesn’t mean you need to sit still, or to try to empty your mind, or anything like that. I think rather it involves taking it easy, just living, not having a particular purpose or goal for a wee while. I’m sure we need goals and purpose and everything like that, but we also need to be able to enjoy times which are free of such things.
A person who strolls around is known as a “flâneur” – and I rather like to assume the role of the “flâneur” from time to time.
I think the Italians focus more on the not doing when they unwind – have you come across “dolce fa niente“? (doing sweet nothing)
So, what about your language? What are the good words for enjoying living in an unwinding, relaxing, ambling around kind of a way?
Moi? Je flâne aujourd’hui