Mindfulness Activity #18
There are usually rhythms and schedules that structure and mark movement through our days and weeks. For many of us, these routines are disrupted. Today, is a Sunday. It is cloudy where I am, as if it isn’t sure whether it wants be a Spring day or not. For many of us, we are sort of moving through our days, and our days and activities have changed, but sometimes we are not sure if we are really going to engage in this new day (one that we haven’t really chosen.) Engaging reluctantly, or partially, or waiting out the day, is not fully living.
It is especially hard to dive into a weekend day when that might look very different than our past weekends. Weekends are typically where we socialize, rest, and recharge. It is a day when you can sit by the TV. But, when we have all spent a lot more time than usual watching TV and movies, it can be more monotonous or boring than relaxing. It can be helpful to make a conscious choice to relax and recharge.
Today’s mindfulness is a practice to self-soothe and recharge yourself. This comes from the app Calm which offers many great practices. Get comfortable and listen carefully to the instruction and the sounds of this practice.
For the rest of the day, try to choose activities that are different from the week: take some time to focus on a call, write a note to someone, take an afternoon nap, read something for fun or play a game. Whatever it is, make sure it is something you choose and make sure not to consider it a second choice (not “I guess I will do this because I’m stuck inside). Rather, accepting your options today, choose something that is pleasant, relaxing, or fun, and fully engage with it.
Enjoy the last day of the weekend!