I like to be busy. And if I had to be slightly masochistic right now, I really enjoy being busy. I like it when my brain is running wild with thoughts about school, work, and things that I personally enjoy. For example, for the last year I have been learning French, reading books on cognitive science, recently learning HTML, and blogging. And these are just the things I try and do in my spare time.
We all have things we love to spend time on. Whether it’s the profession that you pour yourself into seven days a week or your family that you are consistently investing yourself into. We love throwing ourselves into things. Or at least I do.
This weekend I was reminded of the importance of taking time for myself.
It’s now a month into my last semester of my undergraduate career and I my senior recital is all but 19 days away (dear Lord). I am currently working three small part time jobs to piece together a livable income while also trying to piece together some sort of social life. Things are stressful – as life is, and this past weekend I was drained. I had nothing left to give myself or anyone else. I didn’t want to read, I didn’t want to study French, I didn’t want to blog. I wanted nothing. And then when I did NOTHING I didn’t feel any better.
So I did something I always wanted to do. I went downtown to our local walking mall and took a Yoga lesson. For me.
It was wonderful. Granted I’m still very sore but through the peace of the environment and body connection I felt my “groove” come back. It was something that I could unwind during…and yet at the same time get wound back up! How can something so peaceful get me energized to run right back into the crazy-too busy-life I love to have? There are many positive side effects of practicing yoga and I’m sure there are many more out there that can tell you all about them. But I believe it was because for the first time in a long time, I did something for me. Something that I would enjoy.
When life gets crazy sometimes the best think you can do for yourself, is do something for yourself.
What are the things that help you come back to home base?? Any body else out there practice yoga??