Between the nightly school events to attend, work demands my husband has been dealing with, writing transitions, as well as a flurry of other stressors competing for my attention, I’ve learned the necessity of relying on my go-to list. For the sake of my sanity. What’s a go-to list? It’s a compilation of tried-and-true, time-tested methods that are sure to either put me in a state of peace or light a needed fire under me.
Here are some of the methods on my list…
Go for a run.
Grab a paintbrush and paint something—anything.
Carve out a day—an entire day—to write. Something. Anything.
Read a book with an addictive plot or hook-me writing.
Dance or be goofy with my kids.
Pet the dog for at least five minutes.
Spend time reflecting in a state of gratitude.
Soak in the tub. Lock the door. ;-)
Watch a movie like Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect, or Couples Retreat (so wrong, but oh so right). Boom.
Reach out when I’ve been alone with my thoughts too long.
Encourage others when I begin to feel defeated.
Be emphatic about not giving up.
It’s not a comprehensive list. These are just a few of my lifesavers. But they work. They’re my reboot, do-overs and mind simmers. Do you have a list of things that help you to stay sane?