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Late yesterday morning I had an opportunity to sit outside for a few minutes while having a cup of tea. I was in desperate need of a break and this was my chance; so I took it. My little guy had just gone down for a nap and although I had many things to do I decided the first thing I needed was a cup of tea. It was a cool day but the sun was bright and beautiful and I threw on a sweatshirt and went outside. I decided that my “break” was going to last as long as my tea did.

As I sat there I saw a neighbor smoking a cigar, another one walking her dog, two birds playing in the air, and a bee trying to decide how well it wanted to get to know me. (Thankfully, not well) The past few days my head has just been spinning in different directions and I felt it was time to try to let go of some of the stress. I decided to think of one of my favorite places – my grandparents camp up north. It wasn’t long before I could hear the sound of the waves crashing up against the dock, or that I could smell the crisp air with campfire trickling through it. I started to begin to relax. It was evident because my shoulders ached from the stress they were holding and I actually noticed the sun that warmed my face. I allowed myself to revisit some memories from up north and it felt good. It even felt good to remember some not so easy times when a trip up north gave me the peace I needed to rebuild my strength.

Do you have a place to escape? Whether it be a favorite place away, somewhere close by or even a room in your home? When was the last time you took the time to go there? Allow yourself the time to. Relax, unwind, breathe.

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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Stop what you are doing. If you can. I know we always think we can’t because there is just too much to do butstop!

Close your eyes. Listen. What do you hear? If you hear a very small hum from your computer (like I am now!) then you are going to want to walk into another room.  Walk outside if you can’t find the right spot indoors to do this (yes, even if it’s cold – put on that coat and scarf and head outside for just five minutes).

Take a minute to breathe for you. Let go of your stress. Think of something pleasant. Or don’t even think. Just be. Give yourself a moment to rejuvenate somehow. Inhale and exhale. Take time to do this each day. I know I’m not always good at letting myself slip away from everything else each day but I know that it is important. I’m writing this as a reminder that I need this and to remind others that it is okay to do something for you! It’s good and important for our health!

Ending with a quote and wishing everyone a great day…

We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things [but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper. ~James Carroll

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