Steaming coffee mug in hand, I pause to greet the day as it begins to greet me with its lovely pinks and shades of light and dark. I stop for a moment-just a moment-to notice the calm and quiet of a still slumbering neighborhood and acknowledge the promise of this new day. I inhale deeply and exhale slowly. I lift my mug and shut my eyes to fully savor the aroma and taste of the coffee and the way this peaceful moment feels. I take one more deep inhale and slow exhale. I offer a little word of gratitude for this moment of quiet and centering before the chaos of the school day begins.
May and December are the toughest months for me. These months are so chaotically busy. I feel whipped this way and that with no break in between. By the time each month comes to an end, I am utterly exhausted and often have an upper respiratory infection or other illness.
So I have been doing what I can to build up my defenses to finish this May strong and positive.
- I seek and savor small moments of quiet, solitude, and beauty.
- I try to be mindful to eat more plants and less salty or sugary junk, although when stressed this is difficult.
- I look for ways to get a few extra steps in each day. It helps.
- I keep a gratitude journal.
- I strive to make time for things that matter most, like family and writing.
- Finally, I tell myself, “This, too, shall pass.”
It’s May, and I want to finish the school year strong. With some extra attention to self-care, I think I can.