Sometimes I talk myself out of doing things that I enjoy. I suspect most caregivers and mother's in particular can relate.
I have written about not crossing yourself off of your to-do list but I know how difficult that can be at times.
A few days ago I was in the throes of accomplishing a long list of tasks and was extremely tired. I had organized my day for maximum efficiency with a stop at the library to return books as my last errand. There is a lovely Riparian Preserve adjacent to the library and I nearly talked myself out of taking a walk there after dropping off my items. I am so glad I gave myself permission to take a time out.
Sometimes the preserve is very busy with photographers, people fishing, walking and children playing. On this particular day it was fairly quiet and I had time to breathe, think and enjoy nature. I saw snowy egrets, ducks, geese cormorants, quail and bunnies like this little guy.
I spent roughly 30 minutes walking around the preserve and in that time I was able to exercise, reduce my stress, increase my energy, and enjoy a connection with nature. The positive benefits of exercise are well-researched, documented and what's more I teach them! Still, I almost said no because I had convinced myself I needed to accomplish X, Y & Z.
Guess what? I still managed to finish what needed to be done. More importantly, I felt better about myself, my day and my accomplishments because of a little mindful multitasking. Sometimes hitting the pause button is not only necessary, it's good for you! Leave the frenetic pace, if only briefly, and try finding small pleasures that restore your super powers.
In case you can't get out of the house, try this site for a mindful escape.