Self-Care Challenge (Day 66): Smelling the Roses

yellow hibiscus flower

On day 66 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I took some time to smell the roses.

The Hibiscus flower, sometimes referred to as a Rose Mallow, is a tropical plant that most tourists recognize easily. The stunningly bold colors and fragrances are hard to miss as they effortlessly lure in pollinators and visitors alike.

Stop and smell the roses is a phrase we often hear when we get caught in the act of taking life too seriously. It’s a plea for us to take time to enjoy life and its spectacular beauty.

Those of us who are doers have a tendency to get so wrapped up in our day-to-day agendas that we forget to come up for air. And taking time to smell anything seems like a waste of precious time and energy.

But pressing the pause button periodically may be more beneficial than we realize. Taking breaks can enhance our productivity by giving us time to clear our head and allow new ideas to percolate. This week, one of my self-care activities was to notice the beautiful exotic flowers and give them the attention they deserve.

Taking time to smell the roses acknowledges that we are surrounded by gifts that cost nothing more than a moment of our time.

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