As crazy and hectic that life can get, it’s important to remember to take a few moments to savor the little pleasures in life that help put you in a better mood, remind you to stop, breathe, and be grateful. Your sanity depends on it! Some people meditate, some people savor complete silence, and some blast their rock music as loud as it can go. In the end, you have to find what works for you and remember to take a moment to bask in what helps you remain grounded. To provide a little inspiration, here’s a few things that help me unwind, stop and smell the roses (so to speak) and generally just be grateful for these little things that make a crazy day a bit better. In no particular order:
Walks — Have you ever realized how many new or different things you notice when you walk somewhere instead of driving? I pick up on new things all the time just wandering around my own neighborhood. Walking is cheap (as in, free!), provides exercise, stimulates your senses and needs next to no special equipment, if you have decent footwear. Just being outdoors helps me decompress and take in my surroundings, things seem a little brighter, more serene, and happier when I’m taking a walk around my neighborhood, hiking or wandering around a new park. Which leads me to my next point:
Park Trips — I’m fortunate to live in a town with an abundance of beautiful parks with many amenities. While those that have playgrounds are well maintained for my little boy to have fun on, we also have several walking trails and nature parks which provide all the benefits of walking plus some natural landscapes, possible animal sightings, and the ability to witness the seasons in bloom. Take an hour out of your day and explore a park in your town that you haven’t been to, and see if you feel the same.
Coffee — I don’t have many vices, but coffee is definitely one of them. Enjoying a freshly brewed, full flavored up of joe is sure to put me in a good mood! I savor that cup of coffee if making it at home or stopping for one out, and if traveling or heading to work, I use a metal travel mug so that it stays hot for hours, which is especially helpful if I’m in and out of meetings at work and can’t sit and enjoy a cup all at once.
A Good Drink — As someone who doesn’t drink much, I can appreciate a nice adult beverage, which is a huge treat! I don’t let a drop go to waste either as I’m not someone who orders a drink every time I go out. Everything in moderation, folks.
When Someone Does Something for You — A little gesture, like my husband unloading the dishwasher in the morning, a friend grabbing my favorite latte on my way to meet up, my son unexpectedly grabbing me for a kiss or telling me he loves me…these all warm my heart and make me stop and appreciate the moment.
Aromatherapy — I’m still getting to know and appreciate all of the benefits that essential oils have to offer, but a clean and fresh smelling home or area is always a great way to feel a little happier and more productive. My poor sinuses (and subsequent headaches) can’t handle artificial air fresheners or candle smells anymore, so essential oils have been invaluable to me. My hubby got me a diffuser earlier this year, and I have had a lot of fun playing with different oil combinations and enjoying a fresh smelling kitchen or home. Not too long ago when I was experiencing a bout of anxiety, I literally put a few drops of lavender and eucalyptus oil on my wrists and behind my ears, and felt calmer momentarily.