For the past few weeks I have actually been working on this exact thing. I felt the need to slow down, reflect and take some time for me. Over a year ago, I had a really bad bout of anxiety, which I conquered with the help of self care and therapy, but when I feel even the slightest little nagging from that a-hole, anxiety…I know it’s time to chill. So, it’s become a priority. I am currently obsessed with the couch in our living room and have found it is the perfect place for coffee, writing, reading, relaxing, thinking, you name it. I like to think of it as “my spot”. It’s a cozy little area right near the front windows, so although I’m “alone”, I still get to watch as people walk by and venture out for the day. Basically, I’m a Peeping Tom from the inside, lol. These moments of solitude allow my mind to unwind and start the day fresh. Or perhaps, if I sneak into my spot midday, it helps me to pause and recharge for the rest of the day before my evening yoga classes. Whatever time of day, it certainly gets the job done. Let’s be honest, many of us, including me, go thru the day checking off a To Do list, going from point A to B, doing this, doing that, when one of the top priorities should be self care. The brain and body need this time of solitude and if possible, silence. #peaceandquiet
I know the day can fly by and that work and family can sometimes eliminate the option for alone time, BUT even five minutes of solitude can do the trick. Whether it’s in the shower, in the car, laying on a yoga mat in the middle of your bedroom, hiding in a closet to get away from your kids or taking a walk around the block, get that you time you need and deserve.
If you’re down with trying some good old fashioned meditation, here is my guide to getting all sorts of zen. Now, go have a frigging awesome day and don’t forget to get some alone time. If the Dalai Lama says you should, then it’s probably a really good idea, right? xo
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