Say What?!? Saturday: Relaxation

It’s the end of the work day. You’ve made it safely home through insane traffic. You walk through the door and what do you do? 

I take off my bra and let out an audible sigh. Freedom. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. Men, believe me, it’s THE best feeling after a long day of entrapment.

But in all seriousness, how do you let go of the stress from the day? I’m an internalizer. I will carry it all inside until I’m ready to burst. This is not healthy. I truly believe that chronic stress and worry lead to major illness. So if cognitively I know this, why cant I get my body to get its “frozen” on? I don’t have an answer, but all I can do is try, right? 

Back in college, I discovered Tai Chi. Yes, the little old ladies Tai Chi. It’s basically moving meditation and it kept me sane. I took a 8 or 12 week class (there goes my memory lol) to learn the 24 forms. Zen was my name! Couldn’t rattle me.

Fast forward and I got busy with work, family and friends. I didn’t slow down to practice and my perspective became whack. I worked a job that gave me chronic heartburn and other health issues. 

Why do we push self care to the back burner? 

Im currently reacquainting myself with this concept of self care. I found an African American woman who teaches tai chi which is important to me. And yes I’ve missed a class or two, but I’m also learning to be gentle with myself. No guilt. Because who needs guilt on top of stress, but I digress. 

Another stress reliever for me besides tai chi is adult coloring. Yep, no shame. I whip out my mandalas and markers and turn my thinking brain off and feel the colors. Feel the rhythmic stroke of pen, marker, colored pencil or whatever meduim I choose, caress the paper. Enjoy a simpler time. 

I encourage everyone to find that thing that brings them peace and tranquility. Do I always get it right? No. Sometimes I just need a cheeseburger & fries, glass of wine and mindless tv. Lol 

So tell me, how do you de-stress?

Edit: I was on a chat with my lovely cousins and one shared this link that chronicles self care. Check it out if you’d like. 

~Ruth

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