When every day life gets to be too much and you just need a break where do you go in your mind to relax and think everything through? It would be great to be able to just take a mini vacation every time you need a break from it all but for most of us that is impossible.
For me I picture a quiet room with a large picture window. When looking outside the scenery is always a forest at the peak colors in Autumn. A cream city brick wood burning fireplace, that never runs out of wood, is at the side of the room keeping it warm. An overstuffed suede gray couch with black, teal, and white pillows, and a couple of white soft faux fur blankets sits in the middle of the room looking out the window yet angled toward the fire. There is a plush cream color rug, one that your feet sink into, in front of the couch on the old worn wood floor. Next to the couch is a dark-wood side table with a mint lavender tea in a pink cup and a soft black leather journal with the perfect weighted black ink pen sitting on top. A stack of my favorite books in hard cover are on the floor in front of the table. And I am sitting in the middle of the couch in warm black leggings, oversized comfy Irish fisherman’s sweater with my hair falling across my face. Meditating in my perfect room where I can relax and clear the fog.
Where do you go?
I walk in the door and remove my coat and shoes. Drag my heavy bag of work up the stairs. I walk into the bedroom and remove my many pieces of adornments. Brush the day’s hairspray out of my slowly growing hair. Pin it up in a loose bun with small pieces still falling out. Turn on the water and attempt to wash the day off my face in hopes of seeing the real me. Walk in to the bathroom and remove all of my man-made constrictions and step into the awaiting lavender bath. Breathing deeply I exhale my stresses of the day away.
Once I emerge from the scented waters I am a relaxed woman ready for the next challenge.
Lightly the rain covers the leaves, grass, roses, sidewalk, and road. The gentle breezy brings the fresh moist air into my window. Everything outside is being cleansed by the cool water as my spirit is being up lifted by the smell and calming sound of the rain drops.
Sometimes is it hard to sit down and write an entire blog posts. My ideas come in waves and only stay for a short time. Some are meant to result in short statements and other into page long debates. It just depends on what I’m able to hold on to and write down before it runs away.
ADD can be annoying at times, especially when you want to write long and well composed entries but end up with short and confusing ones instead. Probably the reason why I like to do fashion, music, and cooking blogs. It is easier for my mind to concentrate for the shorter amount of time. But it’s sad because I truly long for those moments I can write and stay focused.
Sitting at the edge of the bed with my shoes on ready to work out. Tying to convince myself to get up and step on the elliptical. In my mind I try to come up with a million other things to do: clean the dishes, play with the cat, start dinner, work on the blog, or start the wash. I have to push that all out of my mind, “It’s only 1 hour, 60 minutes, 1/24 of the day, 1 real house wife’s episode, that’s all the time it will take to get on that elliptical , move your body, get your circulation going and sweat out the stress. Its really not that much time.” I lift myself off the bed, my feet and hands freezing cold and stiff. Step on to the elliptical and turn on the tv. The first movements of my legs and arms feel old and tired. I remind myself if I keep going it will get better. I start watching the tv show and move faster on the machine. By the end of the show I can’t believe how good I feel. My hands and arms are finally skin colored and not purple ish, I can feel my fingers again. My knees feel awesome and my toes, oh my toes, I can wiggle each one and feel them! My whole body has come alive, heart pumping, blood flowing, muscles tensing and relaxing, it feels fantastic. I try to remember this feeling so that tomorrow I’ll jump right on and start working out.
30 or 60 minutes it doesn’t take much time and you will feel alive, your stress will melt away. Either inside or outside in the elements your body will thank you for reminder that you are alive!