It’s simple, really. Everyone once in a while you just unplug. Turn off the computer, set down the phone. Leave the television alone. Put on your favorite pajamas. Wash your face. Make a cup of hot decaf tea. Choose your favorite chair, or curl up in bed. Settle down with the stack of magazines you’ve been meaning to read, or a good book. Or some hand work you love to do – drawing, crochet, embroidery, pastels – which ever you’d like, as long as it makes you feel calm.
The key is to clear your mind. Don’t pick up the devices five minutes in. Make sure you’ve got everything for your comfort within arm’s reach, so that once you’re comfortable you don’t have to get up. If you’ve got kids, make sure they’re sleeping in their own beds before you settle in. With any luck, you’ll get lost in the moment. If you can steal this kind of time every week, that’s great. But even if you can only manage to fit it in every once in a while, that’s good too.
Why is this important? A car that’s run out of a gas won’t go anymore, and human beings are the same way. If you’re empty or running on fumes, you’re not going to have anything left to give to your kids, your partner, your friends, your job, your community – on and on it goes. Don’t be afraid to take those moments for yourself. Balance is hard, but you have to start somewhere. And it’s something that takes regular attention, just like things like car maintenance do. What’s that old saying? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Now, if you’ll excuse me – the kiddo is asleep and I’ve got a good book calling my name. Happy Friday friends.