Today is Sunday. For most people, Sunday’s are the perfect day to unwind. No work, no stress, no obligations, just you-time. For some people, weekends are rough. And I for sure didn’t like weekends when I was ill! It meant no routine, no reason to leave the house, feeling unproductive and having other people around 24/7 to mind your business. All things my eating disorder loudly protested against. However, the weekends & I have made truce again, and I hope you feel as good about the weekend as I do now. Just to up that free-time spirit, here’s what I thought would be nice for today:
3. Take a stroll somewhere and enjoy the scenery
When you have lived somewhere for a while, you barely notice your surroundings anymore. The same routine, the same views, the same road every day to work and back, nothing exciting there. But recently I had a friend stay at my place, a friend who had never been to the Netherlands before, let alone to my sleepytown, and I realized how differently she looked at my daily surroundings. It was such a blessing to show her around, because it made me look at the things I see daily with a completely different perspective. Ever since, I’ve been really making an effort to enjoy my surroundings more, wherever I am. Whether it’s my own block, the same street to Uni I walk daily, the path through the fields that I walk my dog Sundays etc., I’ve been making a conscious effort to register its beauty. So today, I hope you can do just that. Take a leisurely walk (slowly, gentle, mindful!) and enjoy the scenery – wherever you are.
(And sit down somewhere to take it in. And snap us a picture. D’oh)
*Picture is on one of my sunday morning walks, sunrise galore!