Finding my happy place

Zen Happy Place

Do you ever just want to escape? You know, step out of your life and your daily duties to clear your head? I definitely do. Sometimes it’s because I had a bad day at work, sometimes it’s because things aren’t going as planned and sometimes it’s just because I’m overwhelmed with everything going on in my life.

I read on Huffington Post that 30 minutes of meditation per day can help battle anxiety and depression. I also read in Marie Claire magazine that 30 minutes of meditation per day can have the same health benefits as working out.  I like to clear my head and meditate – but not in total silence.

Take some you time – just for you

Some people think that meditation has to be done in a quiet room full of rocks and water. But that’s not true. Meditation can be done anywhere we can empty our head, focus on nothing and not worry about anything. I like to get outside when I visit my happy place. I like to walk through the park and down little residential streets because it lets me escape from life in the big city. It also lets me work on my tan.

I like to take some me time and go off to my happy place because it’s good for my mental state. It helps clear my head and I get to have some alone time to just do whatever I want to for 30 minutes a day – 60 minutes on the weekend.

How do you find your happy place?

Clean and organize. Everyone’s happy place is different. Relaxing is a relative word because what’s relaxing for me may not be relaxing for you. My mom likes to clean when she goes to her happy place. Some people reserve household chores for the weekend, but not my mom. She loves to scrub, clean and reorganize rooms in her home when she’s having a bad day.

Get active. My sister’s happy place is on the treadmill. My sister works out every day and when she has a bad day she works out twice. She burns off all her extra energy and stress by running balls out on the treadmill for 30 minutes twice a day.

Peace and quiet. My dad’s happy place is on the lake. He loves spending the afternoon fishing with his friends – he’s retired so he has a lot of free time.   Every year my dad and his friends rent a cottage up north and spend a week fishing together out on the lake. It’s been a yearly ritual for over 25 years and every year my dad looks forward to it like a kid in a candy store.

Get lost in a book. My best friend finds her happy place in books. She absolutely loves to shut off her phone and read. When she’s going through a rough time she can read a whole book in three days. She gets lost in the characters and the storyline and nothing else matters. Bills, boyfriends and family members don’t get to her when she’s lost in a book.

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