I have reached a point in my life where I need to be reminded to take a minute to breathe. Sometimes I think I’m relaxing, but I’m really just doing work on the DL when I’m scrolling emails and twitter. It’s hard to completely shut off and even harder to set aside time to do things that make me happy. I have been getting better about it and it’s becoming more and more a part of my weekly routine.
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There’s nothing like a walk to really clear my mind. It’s the middle of the summer and the sun has been beating down hard, but getting outside for 30 minutes in the morning when it’s still relatively cool makes a huge difference. I get some steps in and start the day feeling refreshed (and a little sweaty). Walking isn’t your thing? Some 15 minute yoga or just stretching in general can help ease me into the relaxation station.
My favorite way to get in some me time? Going to the movies alone. I don’t go every week, but it’s my favorite way to spend time with me. Every Tuesday my nearby theater has discounted tickets and from my experience, very little people show up to a morning film on a Tuesday. I am a huge fan of the entire experience of going to a movie. The snacks, picking the perfect seat, the previews. I’m inclined to say it’s even better when you go alone. You get to see whatever movie you want, sit where you want, cry and laugh with no judgement, and you don’t have to share your popcorn.
So let’s say it’s been a long day. I spent the day at work and then ran errands. My feet are tired, my brain is tired, but I just can’t wind down. Crawling into bed and reading a couple chapters while elevating my feet usually does the trick. I’m currently reading The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson and loving it. If you like The Office as much as I do, it’s a must read.