I’m practicing some self care of my mind. “I like to break a little mental sweat too.” (Movie line! Dodge Ball) love that movie.
Run, run, run. Go, go, go. Working, parenting, teaching, exercising, cooking, laundry, errands, run, go, check off that to do list! Don’t add another thing to THE LIST. Instead take something off and sit down. Enjoy yourself a little moment to read. It is amazing what a stop in the middle of the running can do.
This morning in my yoga class I was getting light headed and sick to my stomach. I thought I might throw up. Which is weird because I hadn’t eaten yet. I had forgotten water, arrived late, so I missed the majority of the warm up. Not a good combination. I felt super lame because I needed to step out. How weak. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to finish. “Ah contrare!” I stepped out to the air conditioning, took a few sips of water. And immediately began to feel refreashed. After a minute to let my body reestablish and cool down, I went back in and was able to complete the session with energy.! Yay! We usually just need a short bit of time to reboot.
I found myself only reading self help, educational theory, and parenting books. I hadn’t fallen in love with a book in a while so I asked some trusted peeps and more than one recommended The Count of Monte Cristo. So this summer I started reading and wow!!!! It’s fantastic!! And super long. It will take me longer than the summer to read. It’s been a bit of a wild travel schedule this summer. So my agenda has been: cook, work, parent, launder, road trip drive — again and again and again!!! Let’s do more laundry!!!! But a few minutes here and there and given me 468 pages of reading bliss. Just a few shy of one thousand pages to go. Woohoo!
It really is incredible when I am feeling short and stressed or overwhelmed, what a few minutes can do to reset. 30 minuets is the best but I can always hide in the closet for at least 3 minutes!!
If you have 3 minutes a day for reading. I highly recommend. It’s beautiful and inspiring and WAY different/better than the fantastic movie. So ditch the dictionary, ditch the to do list, ditch the kids and relax. Stop for a little mental sweat and enjoy!