On day 340 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored driving slowly as an act of self-care.
After admiring the snowflakes yesterday, I awoke to face snow-covered roads when I left the house for an early morning appointment. Our roads don’t get covered very often, so road crews aren’t prepared to handle large-scale weather situations – and that means when the roads do get covered, they stay covered for a while.
When we moved to the area, neighbors suggested that we “just stay home” if it snows. The roads turn into slip ‘n slides and drivers tend to panic. Being on the road isn’t worth the inconvenience (or cost) that comes with having an accident.
The first year we lived here, I slid all the way to the bottom of the driveway after a significant snowfall. Fortunately, I stopped short of sliding through the guard rail and into the house across the street, but it was still pretty scary.
Needless to say, I was not looking forward to my drive into town during the morning rush hour. But with self-care at the forefront of my mind, I stayed focused on minimizing risks.
I left early – a full 45 minutes early, in fact – and drove slowly. By planning ahead, I arrived at my appointment 30 minutes early, which gave me a few minutes to read.
It’s certainly not a glamorous act of self-care, but slowing down definitely has benefits.