To be honest, every day is a busy day. Finding time to shut out the world and focus on ourselves seems nearly impossible. But once I began to build in specific time for myself, I noticed a difference in my work life and my personal self. Here are three activities that help me relax, even with my fast-paced life.
- Cook! I love to cook. Most people don’t believe this fun fact. But cooking is therapeutic for me. Exerting the effort to create a delicious meal helps me forget about the outside world, and most important, it ends with a tasty reward. Making an entire roasted chicken is one of my favorite dishes, but I also like to bake (pies, cookies—you name it!). I normally make fish and veggies when I’m home.
- Twenty-Minute Meditation: Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I could do this. I am always on the move, so the idea that I could be still for twenty minutes to think about—well, not much of anything—was crazy to me. But it works. I usually diffuse citrusy-smelling oils and try to think about something I’m grateful for. I stay grounded and try to appreciate the most important things in my life—not that e-mail I have yet to send! Sometimes I do spend time focused on a current challenge. After that time, I write some notes and continue with my evening.
- Watch TV: I love TV. I’ve always loved TV, and probably always will. I’m usually too busy to keep up with shows on a weekly basis, although I try to be home for #TGIT, because that is the highlight of my week. I’ve become a binge watcher lately, though. Thanks, Netflix! My current obsession is Sons of Anarchy.