It's my LAST day of my 21 day challenge! WOW! In reflection, it went pretty quickly. Overall, it was challenging to carve out that 30 minutes a day to just do something for me.
For my last day, I chose a different activity. On vacation, and it's a rainy morning here in the mountains of Virginia. I decided to pull out my Adult Coloring Book and have at it. If you are easily offended, I encourage you to not scroll too far down to see my creation. Hey... I didn't invent the book, just added the color. But, I would be amiss if I told you that I didn't enjoy the message :). Welcome to my sarcastic side, should not you need introduction.
In any case, I'm glad I did this 21 days. It gave me perspective on several things. 30 minute is really NOT a long time to do self care. Yet, so many days, I found it hard to fit into my life. Not good!
But, when I do the 30 minutes, I never regret it. Much like the gym. Never regret a workout, you just have to get yourself there.
I wonder if I can stick to the 30 minutes per day going forward. I feel like it is more on the forefront of my mind after 3 weeks of practice. It is a very nice daily distraction from my typical high stress mode.
I feel inspired to come up with some plan that others can attempt to follow to incorporate more self care in their lives. It is a bit crazy to think that as a society we have busied ourselves to the point of exhaustion and illness (in some cases), and that we feel so selfish and guilty for spending the littlest time taking care of ourselves. We all know we need to care for ourselves before we can truly care for others.
In this 21 days, I have learned to experience a sense of calm for at least 30 minutes. I would love to learn to expand that to include most of my day and not just a focused mindset for a half hour. Practice, practice. None the less, the 30 minutes I've incorporated is much appreciated.
Nothing earth shattering happened in these 21 days. I didn't become a monk, a hippie new aged idealist, lose a million pounds, wake up completely refreshed, eliminate all muscle soreness. But, I realize how important it is to just stop and be. I also realize that it may take a lot more than a mere 3 weeks to experience any of the magical changes I mentioned above.
I hope you all have enjoyed this extra special glimpse into my life. I hope it has encouraged you to also find the time around your crazy life to just be.
In health and till next time,