Taking care of ourselves…

Never enough marshmallows!

Never enough marshmallows!

Today I took the day off, well it was a planned day off in fact I took a long weekend starting with Friday.  I knew we were going up to Vermont to visit our oldest and I also knew that we would have a packed weekend so it seemed like a good idea to have a rest day on Monday.  Which in reality means a day to get stuff done after being gone all weekend.  I’m okay with that though.

I started the day by telling my family goodbye as they all set out on their various day.  Both of which took them away from home for either the next two days or the whole week.  I was okay with that too because it allowed me to spend some time with myself and focus on what I need.  This may sound a little selfish but I believe we need to take time for ourselves.  I know that I am a better person when I get things done for me and spend some time with myself.

Today I filled this time with the gym, grocery shopping for good lunch items, and had a wonderful massage.  I also took some time to really be mindful of what I was doing it while I was doing it.  The best was the massage and really breathing and relaxing.  I do have an advantage with my massage therapist because I have gone enough times that I know her routine and it always feels better knowing what is coming next and really allows me to relax and almost fall asleep.  Now here I sit enjoying my hot chocolate and watching the National Championship football game.  Just enjoying and doing things I want to do.  I was hoping to read a little which might happen but I would say all in all today was a good day.  I’m hoping that by taking this time off for myself I will be a better listener, co-worker and therapist when I return to work tomorrow for a short 4 day work week.

I think everyone should take some time for themselves.  You should look at it as taking care of yourself.  I know with the stress of the day it is often hard to take a moment and relax but even if it is just having a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, or hiding away in the bathroom for 5 mins to breath and regroup, it is necessary.  You should challenge yourself to take moment daily to regroup.  Take a moment to be mindful of what you are doing and why you are doing it and enjoy it.

Do you take time for yourself?  If not, why not?  If so, what do you do?

Janathon 12/31 – Back to the gym

Today was  a cross train day which means back to the gym.  Surprisingly I was not as sore as I thought I was going to be.  I guess I do use most of those muscles in training and running so cross country skiing wasn’t too overwhelming.

So here is the Janathon update for today:

11.61 miles – level 9 random hills on the bike – 30 mins

3 sets of 30 – crunches and side crunches

3 sets of 12 – bridges, clam shells, leg lifts, weighted reverse lunges holding 20 lbs, side lunges, tricep work and bicep curls

3 – one min planks

Then lots of stretching, followed by a nice long massage.

I would say it was a good day.

How are things going for you on this Janathon adventure?  Happy 12th day!