A mentor asked me last week, “What are you doing to take care of Seth?”
I stared at him vacantly and mumbled something about adding to my (very tiny) beer cellar and how I was still playing basketball.
His face seemed to say, “Not good enough.”
And my heart agreed. “Not good enough.”
Full disclosure — it’s a busy season. We’re selling a house and buying a house. A new puppy moved home three weeks ago. Basketball season is just underway for my 6th grader. Girl Scouts is in full swing for my 3rd grader.
But it’s a good question to ask ourselves regularly.
“What am I doing to take care of me?”
Here’s a list of seven things I do to refocus and recharge. Maybe you’ll find something on the list you’d like to try also:
- Hug someone you love. Physical contact in an eWorld stimulates my mind and soothes my heart.
- Write a haiku. A small poem with a simple focus, the haiku forces me to slow down and think about one thing.
- Play with a puppy. If only people had the happiness alert signal of a puppy’s wagging tail.
- Play basketball. Play unleashes reserves of energy I never knew I had.
- Enjoy a good meal. Laughter around the table, rich food against the winter chill, the company of family or friends — good medicine, all of them.
- Call your mom or dad. It’s always encouraging to talk to my biggest fans.
- Go for a walk. No matter the destination, walking clears my mind and gets it moving at the same time.
What do you do to refocus and recharge? Tell me at firstname.lastname@example.org.