Most days I’m absolutely exhausted when I get home from work and the last thing I want to do is exercise. Most days I do it because I like the results I’m seeing and it get me closer to my goal of being physically fit by the end of the year.
Thursday I made an exception. After putting on my exercise gear and lacing up my shoes I decided I needed a few minutes of rest and relaxation.
And that’s what I did for 30 minutes.
I sat in bed with my quiet thoughts. My only goal was to relax and enjoy my quiet house.
After my little respite I congratulated myself on doing something different and then I cooked dinner – something I haven’t done in months because my daughter does most of the cooking.
The good part is that I’m happy I listened to that part of me that wanted to relax. It’s yet another way in which I demonstrate self-love.
The good part is that you can do it to. Here’s how…
Take a few minutes everyday to listen to that hunch or voice that tells you what it wants.
Write in a journal to clear all the junk that ruminates around in your head all day.
Take a long walk or jog without your iPod and listen intently to all the sounds all around you.
Doing this not only reduces stress but it also gets you in touch with that part of you that know what it really wants. It also wants you to listen and obey.
And that’s just what I did.
Did missing one workout session derail my fitness plan?
What it did was help me connect with a part of me that needed time alone. Relaxing isn’t something that comes easily for me because there’s always seven million things that need my attention and carving out a 30 minute space to just breathe and lay still and enjoy my dark bedroom helped in ways I’ll probably never know.
Take time today to sit still and just listen.
I promise it’ll be time well spent.