If you’re thinking real coloring books, you would be correct. I remember when adult coloring books hit the scene. Then came all these abstract, intricate coloring books, but I’m talking the old school jumbo books you find at the dolla sto. You know the ones that not only have different scenes to color, but the ones with dot-to-dots and other fun activities. The pure joy I find in creating colorful masterpieces with the big box of Crayola crayons. The big box that comes with a built in sharpener. Who else colors real light, the go real dark with the outline? Boy I’m out here like a modern day Picasso!
Turning My Phone Off
I used to just watch calls, and by watch calls, I mean watch that thang ring until it went to voicemail. Now, I turn the phone off for just 30 minutes a day. I know you’re thinking, 30 minutes ain’t nothing, but 30 quiet uninterrupted minutes in the land of too much is like a mini vacation! You’d be surprised at how much time we spend on our phones...well let me speak for myself, how much time I spend on my phone either answering calls or on social media. Turn that thang off and reclaim your time.
I will sneak away in a quick minute to just be. I love car rides to my favorite eatery. Grabbing a bite, and enjoying it alone not having to share. I used to feel guilty getting myself something and not the kids, but these days, I’ll smash an entire #1 from Chick fil A (diet lemonade included) and feel nothing but pure joy. When the kids asked where I’ve been, I respond with, “minding my business”. Moms with small children you can’t escape, your time will come.
I must say that I’ve gotten away from taking walks regularly, but it’s one of my favorite things to do. I will usually grab the dog and hit the block before work. This not only gets the blood flowing, but it allows me time to clear my mind before my work day begins. I usually listen to music, or a podcast (in one headphone only) because watching your surroundings and making sure you don’t get abducted is also self care. Somebody queue Unk “Walk It Out”.
Virtual vacations, really? Yes really. I will grab my laptop, pick a destination, find a swanky place to stay, research places to eat, shop and explore, close my eyes and go there in my mind. Before you ask, no, I have not lost my mind, but I use this as part of my visioning process and self care. “If you can see if it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.” Bob Proctor Simply put, thoughts become things (work included).
What are some unconventional ways you practice self care? I could list 10 more, but I’ll start with these 5.
Until next time...🦋