It’s time for a little Self Care! Take yourself for a walk, reduce your stress, connect back to your heart and relax.
By Debbie Specter Weisman
You know that little voice inside your head, the one that’s feeding you thought after thought throughout your day, every day? Well, you may not realize it, but according to the National Science Foundation the average person runs through anywhere from 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day, and about seventy to eighty percent of those thoughts are negative. That may be why after a day when you’ve run the equivalent of a marathon in toy cleanup and your toddler has set the Guinness Book of World Records for saying the word “no”, you’re ready to jump into the nearest hole and not come out until after his 18th birthday.
Fortunately, there’s an antidote to mom-can’t-take-it-anymore blues, and that’s called a Dream Date. In effect, it’s a little bit like giving yourself a time out—time to do something silly or special by yourself, to help you remember how truly special you are.
When you’re feeling especially overwhelmed, sometimes a change of location is the best present you can give yourself. The Dream Date in this video shows the rewards of spending a little time in nature. There’s plenty of time before winter sets in to take a short trip to a local park or nature preserve, and for those of you who live in an area full of deciduous trees, there’s the extra visual benefit of surrounding yourself in beautiful fall foliage. Even if you live in a big city, there’s a park accessible to you, and with a little research and advance planning I’m sure you can create a list of places with walking paths, stunning scenery and plenty of fresh air.
Your walk doesn’t have to be long, but this special time out you give yourself will recharge your batteries, relax and refresh you, give you a welcome shot of Vitamin D, and create an opportunity to replace some of those negative thoughts with positive ones about yourself and even that screaming kid you left at home.
Debbie Spector Weisman, empowers dreamers to turn their goals into reality through her Dream-Life Coaching practice. More information about her services at www.thedreamcoach.net.