This year saw no shortage of hecticness for me. Between working nearly full time at SmallBox while also working on my Master's degree (in Human-Computer Interaction) at IUPUI, not to mention the side projects and still trying to have something of a social life, I had my fair share of times when I needed to relax and take a break from it all.
I found relaxation was deepest if I spent time in nature, so I structured my break time to include as much time outdoors as possible. Whether that meant a midday 15-minute walk around the canal in Broad Ripple, an evening romp at one of my favorite local parks to let my dog Isabel frolick in the water, or a weekend camping trip in Brown County with friends, I found that taking any amount of time I could to enjoy nature proved to be restful and rejuvenating.
What seemed to matter most is that I took that time and stayed present in those moments to just being in nature and allowing myself to relax. It wasn't always easy — I certainly had days when all I could think of while on a hike was my growing to-do list or some pressing issue weighing on my mind. But on the whole, staying present helped give my brain a bit of a brief sabbatical to the running chatter that is my mind wanting to solve problems and get things done. I think my 2013 will include even more time in nature, maybe even with a dash of creativity — morning meditation hikes? Lunchtime picnics in the woods? Bring it on, 2013!
This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox.
Today’s prompt: What did you do this year when things got hectic? How did you unwind?