Thursday, June 14, 2007

Thursday Thirteen # 8


Thirteen Ways to Take Time FOR YOURSELF!!!

1. Procrastinate don't do the errand you know you need too, but just meander around the house and do what strikes your fancy. We spend to much of our day on a schedule.

2. Take a long hot bath, in the middle of the day. Light your favorite candle scent. Put lots of bubbles in the water and forget about all the other stuff you need to do and relax.

3. Take a walk, on the beach, near a pond, around the block. Just meander, don't have a plan, do what comes to mind and enjoy. Walking makes you feel happy and gives you energy to finish whatever it was you were doing before the walk.

4. Whistle!! "You know how to whistle, don't you?" said Bacall to Bogart. "Just purse your lips and blow." You can't help, but to smile, now can you?

5. Lounge!! What's that you say? After you get home from work and before you start the next big thing, kick off your shoes, put on some comfy clothes. Then find a spot to lay down, a couch, the floor with some pillows, a lounging chair. Close your eyes and just breath, big deep breaths, then just imagine you are at your favorite spot. Take five minutes or longer and relax. Then get up and make dinner.

6. Yawn, just the word triggers one. And once you see it, you do it. So when weariness sets in- yawn, it's like a total yoga body stretch.

7. Take a nap. Just a 10 minute nap can revitalize you and help you finish what you thought you were to tired to.

8. Taste your food, your cup of tea or coffee, a chocolate bar, a piece of fruit. Savor it, inhale the smell deeply, eat or sip it slowly. We spend way too much time eating on the run, in the car and standing up.

9. Listen, don't talk, just listen. To the birds, to the purring cat, to the ocean waves, to the sound of total silence.

10. Turn off the TV. Life is not lived and concluded in a hour. All the news and crime dramas is jarring to the mind.

11. Put on your favorite music, turn it up real loud and dance around the room. It doesn't even have to look like dancing. Jump up and down, twist, do whatever comes to you.

12. Pick a song that you think represents who you are and whenever life gets tough or dull or sad or lonely SING IT OUT LOUD if you can and in your head if you can't. (Update: Mom's song is 30,000 Pounds of Bananas, by Harry Chapin)

13. And finally laugh. Laughter is the best medicine and science has proved that it heals. Watch a favorite funny movie, listen to your favorite comic. Aren't somewhere you can do that, then just start laughing, start small, hee hee, then giggle, then look at yourself in the mirror and just let loose. Haven't you ever laughed so hard, you cried, or rolled on the floor. Laugh and the world laughs with you.




19 comments:

Michelle M Pillow said...

Happy T13!

Pretty kitties!

Kimo & Sabi said...

#1 is da best. Put off today what you can do tomorrow...or da next day.

P.S. please sign da petition fer us to git a stroller!

Crimson Wife said...

ROTFL! Maybe your owner should write a self-help book called "everything I need to know I learned from my kitty" :-)

Dragonheart said...

A bath with bubbles? No thank you. My weekly baths are more than enough. And I don't know how to whistle. I like the rest of your tips - excellent pieces of advice! :)

Yoggie said...

I like it when the water in the bathtub is away and just the bubble stuff is still there. It's pretty fun watching theese bubbles disappear.

Daisy said...

What a great list! I want to do ALL of those things.

Delicious said...

Sounds like nirvana!

The Meezers said...

great list - 'cept the yawning one- now we is all yawning

Munchkin, Missy and Monte said...

Those are very good things to do to relax...thanks for the info.

The Furry Kids said...

Those are great tips. We're going to show them to Mom. She really needs to relax.

The Gatekeeper said...

Okay, you've talked me into it . . . I'm taking a walk on the beach with no particular plan. Ah, smell that fresh, salty air.

Hot(M)BC said...

We're good at all those things. Now we just need to talk Mom into trying them. Wish us luck!
Purrrrrrs,
Gree, Mini, Boni Maroni, Sanjee and Pepi

Karen Jo said...

That's a great TT. I think I need to try some of those out.

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Yes! I definitely agree, laughter is the best medicine. That's a great list! *smile*

You asked on my blog if my mom's name is Chandra. No, she's Thomma Lyn (another unusual name, *smile*). Chandra is a pretty name, though, and neat that it's your mom's name! I think "Chandra" is on the music on my blog because that was probably the name of the person who uploaded it to Imeem.

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn!

Marie, Donny, Casey said...

Those are some excellent suggestions for mommy to have me time! Thanks!!!

Tara said...

Such good advice, I hope my Mom is taking notes...

Tara

Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

That's a very good list. I'm going to take some of it to heart and start by singing my favorite song by the Four Temptations (chicken, turkey, dairy and BEEF!).

Skeezix the Cat said...

Ix-nay on #2: NO WAY!!!

Pablo said...

That's a great TT! It just shows how much people can learn from us cats! (apart from the bath, obviously.)