A regular practice of mine is a so-called 'Mental health day'. When the combination of work, study, chronic health problems and whatever else gets all too much, I schedule a down-day. A day where I do as little as I feel like. I can veg and watch DVDs, lie on the bed and read a book, potter around the garden. I have two rules: I must not specifically set out to achieve anything
AND I am not allowed to feel guilty about taking the time out. A day like this and I'm good to go again.
Lately, I'm not been even getting the option to think about that. However, the 'mini-mental-health' fixes are endless. How about a 10 minute chat, coffee in hand, with friends and family over Skype, a quick read of my favourite blogs, a quick browse of You-Tube for a favourite comedy sketch for starters?
My absolute favourite though is a quick trip to my favourite city, Vienna, courtesy of Merisi at Merisi's Vienna for Beginners. Stunning new photos of Vienna every day, accompanied by beautiful text. Sometimes landscapes, sometimes city shots, sometimes people, sometimes coffee and scrumptious cake (calorie free when enjoyed vicariously). Always a brief respite for the mind. If you haven't discovered it already, I urge you to check it out.
What's your mini-mental-break?