Take A Time Out
Psst, you heard me, we all need to take a time out...
First off, where did the Summer even go? More than ever with all the changes and additional stresses of the day, we need to find a way to decompress, escape if only for 10 minutes, even though we can’t go anywhere. With the onsite of Covid into our lives, many things have changed. Our homes have become our offices, our children’s class rooms and now maybe you feel trapped by your own 4 walls. Quarantine for months and feeling a little isolated. Are you going a little crazy? I AM! How many times can you reorganize your closet or clean out your kitchen drawers? We all need to take a TIME OUT…for ourselves. My neighbors have been gathering at the end of their driveways with table and chairs setup. Yes, a little happy hour and somewhat social gathering. You are outside and seeing neighbors walk by and can talk from a far. We find ourselves doing anything to break up the monotony.
So the definition of "mindfulness" is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. To practice mindfulness you should pay attention to what is occurring in the present moment (simply observing thoughts, feelings, sensations as they arise). It is important to keep an attitude that is non-judgmental, curious, and kind. We are all going through hard times and stresses, so be kind to those around you. I am constantly telling my daughter who has high anxiety to just stop and breathe. Honestly, this really helps to slow your body down and not just your mind. It is hard not to worry about the future and to stay present, but it is a good practice to try. Yoga is a great tool to practice mindfulness. It is a practice that combines body movement and breathe. It is considered the Universal Consciousness, indicating a perfect harmony between the mind and body, Man & Nature. Yet, yoga is not for everyone. There are other options.
We all need a reset and take time for ourselves. Ask yourself how can you make your surroundings a little more comfortable, a little more zen. It is important to make your space feel refreshing and calming. Make it a place you can just chill. You have to be mindful and take some time for just you and setup a space for
“me time”. You can do this with fragrance and textures. Add a diffuser that emits a beautiful scent into the air and a beautiful luxury candle to set a relaxing and calming mood.
Don't stop there, add new pillows, a throw to your sofa, setup a special corner just for you, get cozy! Turn on some soothing music and pour a glass of wine….I do almost every night!
Put some time aside and run yourself a warm bath, escape for an hour. It is the little things that will let you take a time out, give you a moment to yourself, to reset, recharge, and re-energize. You deserve it.
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