What’s up with this weather? It’s snowing, then it’s 70 degrees! I’m not complaining – I’m a total summer girl.
BUT… I had a family ski weekend planned last week and THERE WAS NO SNOW!! So we had to cancel.
Instead, we went to this woodsy Mountain House where you are supposed to unplug from technology and just enjoy nature. There are no TVs in the rooms and activities include hiking, ice skating, indoor swimming and square dancing. We have never gone to a place like this, but because of the last minute switch, we went for it.
Within moments of walking into the lodge, we felt relaxed. No one was rushing. People were there to unwind in this tranquil environment.
My sister really wanted to do this morning yoga class. I was skeptical. I have done yoga a grand total of twice in my life. Once was 10 years ago – I was out of shape and hated it. I thought it was the most painful and never-ending hour of my life. Plus, I kept looking at the 70-year-old lady next to me doing her moves so easily as I struggled to touch my toes. It was not pretty. So I gave up and never went back…
Until 2 years ago when my friends were talking about how hot yoga is so incredible and I must try it. After months of excuses (I’m too busy… It’s not my thing… I’m so bad at yoga…I’m not flexible at all…), I decided to see what all the hype was about. Guess what? I didn’t hate it! I didn’t love it… but it wasn’t awful. I couldn’t do all the moves and had to take some breaks, but I allowed myself to really get into the experience and I walked out feeling more relaxed and serene than I ever have from other types of exercise. At the very least, I could understand how people got hooked on yoga.
So I told my sister I’d join her. And I brought my 6-year-old daughter! We did yoga poses and stretches and it felt so good! My body had been so tight from the bustle of my regular schedule that taking a moment to really stretch out my tension was so relieving! Plus, looking over at my cute daughter and her big smile was reward enough.
At the end of the class, I felt so calm. As I lay on my mat, I looked over at my daughter and she asked in a whisper,
“Does this mean we are going to have a good day?”
It amazed me that even someone as young as her felt the benefits of restoring her body and mind. My face lit up and I hugged her and said, “YES! That’s exactly what it means!!”
And we did! We had the most incredible day together. Here we are hiking.
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the stresses of daily life. I know. I’m guilty of this too! But it’s vital to unplug once in a while and give your mind a break.
When is the last time you went on a walk, smelled some roses, or just closed your eyes as your favorite song was playing? I personally love drinking my morning cup of coffee in silence. That’s my 5 minutes of the day where I can put my thoughts together and not feel rushed.
Try it! Give yourself and your mind 5 minutes (that’s it!) to do something that lets you unwind. It will reduce your stress, loosen up your shoulder tension, lower your blood pressure, and revitalize you!
Tell me what makes YOU have a good day! I want to hear your choice.