I’ve been in the midst of digesting an editorial letter on a manuscript I sent in for editing. The information was a lot to process and there’s a ton of work in front of me. I’ve felt overwhelmed with the task of rewriting and revision.
Feeling overwhelmed happens to all of us. Sometimes it’s the kids, or bills, or relatives, or your job and sometimes it’s a combination of all of the above.
Whenever I feel my mind swamped, I need to step back, for my own sanity.
June is a good month to reinvigorate and revitalize.
Some people can’t take a costly vacation so Staycations are good ways to do something different as well as refresh yourself.
This month, I found a few ways to relax:
One Saturday was Global Wellness Day. The Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara offered free classes all day:
Meditation on the bluff, yoga, Tai Chi, and Brazilian Capoeira. Not that I did the Capoeira. A highlight of the day was also receiving a reduced price for the spa day pass to use the pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and serenity room filled with teas, fruit, nuts, and cushy sofas.
A walk on the beach helped me to further relax.
Another day, I used a Christmas gift coupon I hadn’t made time for. This is the Salt Caves in Santa Barbara.
The caves are made from 45 tons of 250 million-year-old pure Himalayan salt. We took off our shoes, entered the darkened cave and reclined on comfortable chairs. Meditation music is piped in for forty-five minutes. The salt is said to stimulate wellness and healing. Blissful.
The next week, I retired to my backyard and took in the colors of the garden, the sounds of birds, smelled the roses and felt reflective. I jotted down a poem.
Hover of beating wings flit between blossoms
Flutters of orange dance above purple sage
Bumblebees disappear into white throats of lilies
Gardens, never silent, ever hopeful
After these mini-retreats I feel uplifted and ready to tackle the edit letter and line edits. My mind is refreshed and I’m “ever hopeful.”
Have you taken a staycation this month?
See you in July!