Visit a forest. One of Alabama’s top industries is forestry. While surrounded by towering trees that actually do speak to you when you are beneath them, kiss your anxieties goodbye. Sit a spell on a rock or a mossy area and just enjoy nature. Lake Nicol has some amazing spots and there are a number of great parks in the area. Take a blanket and invite a friend, or take a book and enjoy just breathing in the fresh air as you read.
For you not so woodsy types, book something at a spa (or at least block some time on the calendar). No, expense is no excuse. You can do it at home, with kids, without kids, or with a friend. A soak in the tub with some candles is nice. Olive or baby oil from the cabinet and sugar makes a fine body scrub. Do your nails in a snazzy new color, or have them done. It’s all about tying up your mind and body so you aren’t able to reach for that phone.
And lastly, stop crashing in bed without treating yourself as you deserve to be treated. Why only live in luxury on vacation? We spend more time in our beds than anywhere else in life. Remember your favorite hotel: the robe, the bedding, the pillows (lots of pillows). And turn off that TV at least two nights a week - let nature and total darkness lull you to sleep.
We are all moving along in life so much faster than we were naturally wired to move. With all of this hustle and bustle, our minds, our families and our bodies take a licking. Try to remember to give yourself a “time out” to enjoy the scenery and those around you. And for a change, pamper yourself, or let someone else pamper you.
Have a blessed Spring Break, wherever that takes you,