Monday is what I like to call my personal admin day. It always gets a strange, awkward laugh when mentioned to acquaintances even though basis of my statement is true.
Working shift work, I have two days off a week. Mondays and Saturdays. Saturdays are used to lounge around, see friends, relax or go to festivals. So Mondays become my errand day. Although it sounds like a drag, a huge drag, it’s actually one of my favourite days of the week.
I’ll wake up after a mini-sleep in and attend a 9.30am Yoga Class. Heading home I’ll make a paleo breaky, typically something special that takes longer than the usual 5-minute out the door dash (usually gluten-free pancakes or homemade paleo bread with a hot pot of sencha tea!) and eat it while looking through recipe books to make a grocery list for the week’s meal prep.
Off to the local market, I’ll collect my basket full of goodies, trying organic samples along the way. Then back home to prepare and cook my meals listening to Spotify playlists on shuffle. The rest of the day just involves any other washing, house tidying, naturopath appointments or snuggling up with a blanket and reading the latest Cassandra Clare novel. Screen free day! (well except for blogging!)
I think I’ve only really connected with the truth of it now. My Monday “Personal Admin Day” is more of a reflection, rest day simply enjoying my own company.
I know too many people who are too go-go-go, always on the run, always busy, always forgetting important date or events. They simply just can’t sit still and become really anxious and scared to be with their own mind. Not to say that it’s wrong. Honestly, I used to be one of them and I would not have described myself like that.
Before I “calmed down” with the use of Floatation and Acupuncture, I would have called myself a pretty mellow, relaxed girl. I know now that it was a complete lie. In the past, I was definitely a stressed and anxious person. I just didn’t know it yet.
It did take a lot of work to get here to where I am now. It wasn’t easy. I felt frustrated, annoyed, upset. I’d cry for no reason multiple times a week thinking “why am I doing this!” But, that’s growth. Drudging through the drudgery until you punch through to that next layer of being. Then doing it all over again to find the next one. Then the next one. Another one, so on and so forth discovering new, amazing capabilities you never knew you had.
From personal experience, it is empowering. And all it takes is patience, courage and the right attitude.