Okay, let’s start by saying I do not usually post, but I thought this may help some of you find some REAL time for yourself!
I have a hard time sitting still for even 5 minutes, which means that yoga and many other relaxing activities are out for me because they last too long. So when I found myself alone Tuesday night (my daughter had to work, my husband had a meeting) this, my friends, left me with a lot of time on my hands, something I am not used to.
Hmmmm, what should I do? Watch tv — no — squats — no (I was too sore from my earlier workout) — eat — no — take a bath — now where did this weird thought come from? — yes — a bath it is. I poured a glass of wine, grabbed my i-pad and speakers, and began to fill the tub with very, very warm water.
I put some vanilla lavender crystals and relaxing suds into the water, set my music to — well — I started with Marvin Gaye — but that was a bit too silly because I was by myself — so I changed it to Earth Wind and Fire and then settled on Patsy Cline, which is my mom’s favorite.
I was not expecting what happened next…I relaxed…I actually relaxed! I sang, although this may have also been prompted by the wine as much as the bath, but it sure felt good! The best thing of all was I actually took time to appreciate my body for what it is — my legs are strong, so I thanked them for holding me up everyday — I said hello to my arms — although they are not as perky as in my youth — they help me everyday. I gave a shout out to my soul for taking me to this point. I had a great evening all by myself. I realized that the bath helped me to love myself again!
As crazy as it sounds — I want you to take a bath soon — you may actually learn something new about yourself and it will give you time to appreciate all that your body does for you each and every day.