self-care

In Maintenance Mode #heart #spirit

The sense of rejuvenation and refreshment we can  get from a weekend away from home is unique and invaluable.

I have been stressin’ like crazy lately.  I spent last weekend in Portland with two of my dearest friends, and it felt so good to be away from the day-to-day stress.  I visited Powell’s, a mecca for a book nerd like me.  We frolicked at waterfalls.  I spent hours catching up with close friends over coffee and food.

Now, I’ve been back for five days, and I’m already caught back up in the daily grind.

Maintenance has always been my struggle.  I am great at doing self-improvement projects.  A Happiness Project – a cleanse – giving up indulgences for Lent.  I’m great in a crisis.  I’m great when I’m not in my routine – I can stay in the moment and cultivate mindfulness like a pro when I’m away from home.

But when it comes to the day-to-day maintenance of life, keeping myself cared for and de-stressed, I struggle.  I always have.

Last Friday night, I got home, exhausted, my stomach full of jelly beans and Mini Eggs.  I was asleep by eight and I slept through my Saturday morning.

I woke up feeling rested but stressed.  It’s the same question, over and over – how do I take better care of myself?  How do I make sure that I am exercising, eating healthy, not binging, cultivating my spiritual growth?

These designare not easy questions, but I think the answers are probably pretty simple.

I’ve got to get myself back to the basics.

While pondering how to simply and to get back to the basics, I found this book on Amazon.  (I know that books and journals are not the answers to everything, but I consistently find that they hold the answers to most things.)  It’s called Design The Life You Love; I’d never heard of it before, but the title leapt out at me.

Sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I look at my life and I realize that while I have a lot of amazing elements – awesome family, wonderful wife, good job, lovely home, enjoyable leisure time – they don’t always piece together in ideal formation.

My happiness would likely increase if I took time to edit my life –editing to launch a redesign, which I think I frequently do informally.  I think that’s why the title of this book/journal appealed to me.

Currently, it’s a lovely Saturday morning on the couch in front of the wood stove.  Tee has flown off to a birding class (could not be helped), and I’m excited to have a day to reflect and recharge after a week of stress.  I’m going to spend a little time with my new journal, and I’m going to take some time to consider the day-to-day of my life to make sure my design includes all the things that are important to me in a healthy and balanced way.

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