I finally took a leaf out of my own book (telling others to 'take care of themselves' and 'you cannot pour from an empty cup' etc) and decided to take a day off work with no intention of doing housework, ironing, paperwork etc. All I was going to do was rest and craft.
Now I tend to be a list maker and ticker off....I rarely sit still and talk too much BUT I do meditate on a regular basis and I have found that when I have too much 'internal chatter' going on that crafting takes me out of my zone and allows me to be more mindful by concentrating just on that one thing. To be honest I have crafted for almost 40 years so I don't even really concentrate on technique anymore more of a 'go with the flow' and see where it takes me!
So I decided to make my husband a birthday card
and finally get round to using up some of these lovely images I stamped ages ago from a friends stamp I borrowed.
Before I knew it I had a stack of cards all made and a few hours of not thinking about work, housework, finance or my RA-what bliss.
So I need to remember this and schedule more days (or even just half days) into my diary for 'me' and to allow time for myself to rest and repair. I love my daily walks (which I have been doing for over a year now) but I need something else.
How do you give yourself some precious 'downtime'? I am open to ideas.