When evening arrived today, I was done.
What? What's that you say? I still needed to get the kidlets dinner, finish encouraging, teaching, and cheering on a kidlet who was finishing up homework, showers, chase down a lizard that decided to appear in my living room today (well over a decade here & there has never been a lizard inside my house, I rarely even see them outside...definitely stripped me of my zen) and did I mention that before any of this, I was already 'done'? Done.
But, I kicked in the Mama gear and ticked off the required activities of the evening. And even though I was looking forward to watching Monday Night Football with my family, I needed a Mama break. And thankfully, Hubby recognized that need. (As I headed out, I realized that it has been over a year and a half since I've made this little solo escape!)
And off I went. Where to? Everywhere. Nowhere. Out.
Country drives are uber peaceful for me. And I love this one lane bridge....when no one is behind you or in front, waiting to cross, if you pause in the middle, with only the water & setting sun's movement, everything stops, I breathe and my mind begins to quiet.
On the occasions that I can't escape on my own (which is most of the time), when I've got that 'done' feeling, we listen to music, find quiet activities (coloring, painting, collaging, reading, etc.), or even head out together for a drive (I'm not the only one in this house who responds to a country drive! :>).
Always on the lookout for more deal with the 'done' mode methods, I'd love to know what you do to relax.
What do you consciously do to dial down your day, when your day is not yet over?
Edited to add: Mama did it! Wee girl casually mentioned she sees the lizard. I caught it with a kidlet's Seahawks snack bowl that was sitting out. Turned the bowl over & trapped it. When I tried to move it, the little lizard escaped. I moved fast like him (her?? how to tell??!) and caught him/her again. With wee girl's help, we got it outside & let it go. Phew. Happy lizard.....OUTside. Happy Mama.