Self-Care Challenge (Day 210): Eating Lunch at the Park

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On day 210 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I ate lunch at the park.

Back when I used to do quite a bit of consulting in hospitals and nursing homes, I remember how many of my nurse friends would routinely go out to their car to eat lunch. It seemed they weren’t able to escape the constant barrage of demands unless they completely left the building. Several of them found it valuable to eat their lunch in solitude, listening to music or sitting in silence to collect their thoughts. This was clearly before everyone owned a cell phone. This act of self-care was how they recharged their batteries, and it’s how they managed to return to work refreshed.

Yesterday, after grabbing lunch between meetings, I drove to a nearby park to eat. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was a significant act of self-care. It allowed me to reflect on my day so far, and it gave my brain a chance to wander into a creative state.

And boy, did the ideas flow!

Being outside, breathing in the fresh air away from the hurried distractions of urban life, is soothing and calming for the soul. It gives us a chance to find our balance and give our brain a chance to refocus.

That mid-day break was exactly what I needed to shift gears and move onto my afternoon tasks.

Where do hide away to find a sense of mid-day calm? How do you recharge your batteries to be able to deal with the demands of the workday?

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