I have taken this week off work for a much needed 'staycation', or as I like to call it - 'operation breathe and reboot'. The last few months have been somewhat full on in many aspects of my life (some in a good way, some in a less good way) and I was feeling stressed. Stressed to the point that all I wanted to do was sleep or watch TV - I even began to feel overwhelmed and anxious in social situations. As I became more run down with niggling sore throats and regular headaches I quickly realised that I desperately needed a break.
Now, a week in an exotic location with access to a luxury spa would have been ideal, but alas - a week at home would have to suffice. And while I may not be lounging on a beach soaking up some late summer sun, I am just a few days into my staycation and I already feel rejuvenated. Here's what I'm doing:
- letting off some steam and taking silly photos at a garden wedding reception
- eating nutritious and tasty foods like avocados, berries, olives and eggs
- lots of detoxing, strengthening yoga practices
- listening to music and reading
- walking in the woods
Still to come
- shopping for some transitional wardrobe pieces
- getting my eyebrows shaped
- face masks, body scrubs and DIY manicures (oh my)
- getting some boring appointments out of the way
- getting my car cleaned, inside and out
I suppose it all boils down to self-care; recognising when you're feeling run down and knowing when it's time to take a break. And also knowing what you need to do to really relax and rebuild yourself. I think over the last few years I've gotten much better at this - maybe yoga has helped me connect the dots between my body and mind, or maybe it's just something that comes with age. Either way, I'm glad I seem to be connected to myself.
I'm feeling better already.