Stop and Smell the Roses

Life is hectic and even that is an understatement. Sometimes we find ourselves getting stuck in the same routine, dreaming of a far away tropical paradise life we’d rather be living. Work, school, house chores, errands, bills, it can all become a tad too overwhelming. Before we know it, we’re burnt out and all creativity has left our minds. This is the time we should all stop, take a deep breath, and smell the roses.

What do I mean by smell the roses? Sure, it can literally mean; stop when you find a beautiful flower, and give it a good whiff. It can also mean giving our mind and bodies what it so desperately desires, a break. I’ve suffered with anxiety since before I knew what to call the tightness in my chest and the feeling of  my heart beating in my ears. Living with anxiety can oftentimes makes any mundane activity seem 10x more earth shattering, it can make me feel like I’m the only person who struggles through their day, not being able to wait for 5pm so I can rush home just to hide myself under the covers (even though I know it doesn’t help – unless it’s a blanket fort, then maybe).

When tides get a little too rough for me, I like to do things that help me relax. That means I go for longer walks with my pup, I cook a heavily involved meal, I take the longer yoga class, I drive to the nearest park just to watch the tide come in, I go for a cathartic run, I pamper myself with a face mask, I do whatever Isaidys wants. Might putting off my chores throw the rest of my week off? Yes. Will I feel a million times better afterwards? Also, yes.

It’s okay to feel overwhelmed and buried in our everyday lives. It’s okay to need a break every now and then. What is most important is that we start learning to listen to our bodies and our minds, and give it the proper TLC it deserves and desires.

I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.” -Atticus

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