One of my favorite weekend things to do is get up early in the morning, get a cup of coffee, and sit on my deck with the dogs. It’s one of those moments that I find equalizes the stresses of a busy week. Time for reflection of what went right and to contemplate what lessons can be learned from everything else that happened. This has become an important ritual for me, and one I wish I had discovered years ago.
When my children were growing up, it took every ounce of energy I had to work full-time and get a degree while managing a household and trying to be a good parent and wife. It often felt overwhelming. I wish I had taken more time for myself along the way. It was like being on a roller coaster that never really slowed down.
Taking some time to reflect has benefits far beyond just enjoying the moment. It is energizing and exhilarating to take those few moments to simply be. Just taking time to feel grateful can raise awareness for all the good in your life. The benefits to that end are being more “engaged” in what lies ahead of us and our interactions with others. It can help us to appreciate those around us and think about how we can be more mindful about our interactions with friends and family.
Simply reflecting on the events of the week and taking time to think about what you’ve accomplished is something I recommend if you want to feel a greater sense of well-being. Seek a place that pleases you, find the time without interruption, and clear you mind. Once you make it your ritual, you too may find your spirit is renewed and your soul restored. The benefits are countless.