Did you ever wander off into the woods when you were a kid, or climb into your tree house away from everyone? I remember reading Pippi Longstocking and wishing I was her, on my own with my animal friends as companions. I was an only child and had plenty of time to be alone with my thoughts and read. I still need that time to this day: being out in nature enjoying all the sights, sounds and smells, feeling the wind on my skin ... being totally in the moment.
It is so important that we nurture our souls when there are so many demands on us so that we have something to give to others without depleting ourselves. These are times of transition and we have to be flexible enough to go with the flow. Sometimes journaling, or just sitting in quiet reflection, or meditating and noticing what comes up is all it takes. Be willing to face some things that are ready to be released, no matter how uncomfortable they might be.
It is important to get out of your routine and allow time for rest and renewal. While it may be ideal to take some time off and go away, you can also isolate time in your day for mini-retreats. Never feel guilty about what you should be doing instead of taking this time for yourself. It’s not selfish … just give yourself permission. Just be sure to mark the time in your calendar and make yourself a priority.
It’s important to spend some time thinking about your intention: clarity, rest, insight? Keep in mind that an intention is not the same as an agenda: it is more free-flowing. Keep distractions to a minimum during this time. Surround yourself with items like a book, a journal, music, candles, crystals ... whatever nurtures and inspires you. Travel as lightly as possible. Allow for the possibility of surprises to happen. All of it becomes an act of self-love!