It had been awhile since I took a day off and got away from my desk. In fact, it had been too long. I was feeling it......you know- overloaded, stressed out, in a fog, like my hand was now attached to a mouse and keyboard with my gaze fixed to the computer screen. It was time to take action into my own hands, or at least say yes, when my sister-in-law invited me to spend the day at the beach.
Ah yes, time at the beach. Just what the doctor ordered to wash away the 'day in, day out of every day'.
Step 1: Take a day off. Spend time away from your desk, preferably out in nature.
Step 2: Take in your surroundings. The sights, the sounds, the smells, the feel of the place.
Step 3: Sit for awhile and do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Stick your feet in the sand (and your head......no checking your phone for emails, updates, etc.).
Step 4: Actively enjoy your surroundings. Take a swim or a walk. Do some beachcombing. You won't believe the treasures you'll find, if you just look.
Step 5: Allow your soul to re-energize. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Step 6: Fully immerse yourself in the time away from your usual routine.
Step 7: Be grateful. Take it all in one last time.
Now, I may have had a beach day, but your day of restoration doesn't have to be by the sea. Go to a park. Visit a new town. Take a hike. Head to a museum. We're all so busy working on our computers, running errands, keeping house, paying bills, marketing our businesses, networking on social media, taking care of our yards, completing projects, doing laundry, grocery shopping, meeting deadlines, cooking dinner....OK, you get the idea, the list goes on. The point is, we forget to make time for ourselves.
It is a fact of life that we need downtime to recharge. To gain new perspective. To clear the cobwebs out.
How do you feed your soul and recharge?
I thoroughly enjoyed my day away on Friday and plan on incorporating more Feed Your Soul days into my Summer.
Have a great day. It's a great day to have.
Ciao for now,