by Stephenie Zamora
Many of us spend a majority of our days sitting inside in front of a computer. While there's a lot of interesting, entertaining and inspiring content online (such as this!), it's so important to escape the digital and work worlds and rejuvenate your spirit.
So what do I mean by "filling the well"? It's all about getting out of the day-to-day and experiencing something new, different, fun or challenging. When you take some time to see and experience new things, you allow your mind to shut off it's normal chatter and open up to new ideas and inspiration.
Here are three of my favorite ways to fill the well:
1) Go on a thrift store adventure!
When you're stressed out or have been in front of your computer non-stop, your mind gets scattered, exhausted and usually wrapped up in unimportant things. It can be hard to shut that off and just relax, believe me I know.
One reason I love to go thrift shopping is that when you're sifting through piles of used books, racks of interesting (and sometimes hilarious) clothes and lots of random junk and trinkets, it's near impossible to stay consumed in the stress of the day!
Not only is it fun to dig for treasures, your mind is fully focused on the present moment, allowing a much needed break from all the thinking and worrying. Plus, who doesn't love a little retail therapy when you're stressed? Thrifting is a great way to do so without dropping tons of money.
2) Take yourself out for a picnic pick-me-up!
Grab your latest book, iPod, latest issue of your favorite magazine and a basket filled with delicious and healthy snacks. Maybe your favorite summer iced tea, some fresh fruit and a beautiful salad with all the fixin's! And yes, I said basket.
Adding pleasure, fun and beauty into everything you do is so important to your well-being. If you just grabbed a salad on the go and threw it in a paper back, it wouldn't be as fun. So pack yourself a beautiful little basket of treats, bring a nice big blanket and some pillows, and anything else you'd love to indulge in while taking some time for yourself.
Head to the nearest park, the mountains or the beach depending on your location. Give yourself at LEAST two hours. If you brought your smart phone for some tunes, make you you turn it on airplane mode so that you're not distracted by calls, texts or email!
3) Take a day trip!
Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, it's likely you're within a couple hours drive of other towns. If so, take a look online at nearby attractions, cities and potential destinations. Make a day of it!
Pack the car with some goodies such as healthy snacks, a new CD or audio book and a friend or two you love catching up with. Unless you love spontaneity, go ahead and make a list of what you want to see and experience… a new restaurant? A quirky little antique shop? Maybe they have some great hiking trails or a fun little miniature golf course.
Whatever it is, set the intention to see and experience something new in a new place. Take your camera and act like a tourist!
Take Action Now!
Spend the next few minutes brainstorming some of your own "fill the well" activities and then schedule a date for yourself in the next week!