Today is February 2nd which means it’s Groundhog Day (the ECE in me will always remember), but more importantly, it is the halfway point of winter. Hurray! We’re now on the downhill slide into spring. To celebrate, this is also the day the readers of Modern Mrs Darcy share what is saving their lives right now – both big and small.
In Barbara Brown Taylor’s book Leaving Church, she talks about being assigned the topic “tell us what is saving your life right now,” for a speaking engagement. She discovered it was a useful question to revisit for herself. It’s easy to rattle off all the things that are making us miserable, but it’s important to also acknowledge what is saving us.
For the past few years Modern Mrs Darcy has invited her readers to participate in this exercise during the challenging winter months, and this is my first year joining in. Here are the things that are saving my life right now.
I know everyone loves making fun of Snuggies – it’s just a blanket with sleeves, it’s like wearing a bathrobe backwards, etc. Regardless, I seriously love mine, and I wear it every day. I am constantly cold, so I appreciate the way a Snuggie can keep my entire body covered while I sit on the stool at my desk. And it allows me to have use of my arms for typing and eating and everything else I want to do. A blanket simply cannot do all of that for me. #snuglife
2. Yin Yoga
I just discovered Yin yoga this December, and it was incredible. I have a whole different post draft I want to dedicate to Yin yoga in the future. So for now I will just say that Yin yoga uses supported, seated, and reclined poses which are held for 3-5 minutes or sometimes even longer. It does not work the muscles, but instead focuses on connective tissue. It’s slow, relaxing, and incredibly effective for stilling the mind as well. If you have the opportunity to try it – do it.
3. Plain Popcorn
I love eating. And I specifically love eating many times all throughout the day. Because I’m such a snacker, I do something need to be mindful of my portions and frequency and nutritional content. This is where plain air-popped popcorn saves the day. A whole 3 cups of it still clocks in at just 93 calories, plus it’s unprocessed and it even contains antioxidants. I will admit, it took a small adjustment time to get used to have it without butter and salt, but I can honestly say I now enjoy eating it unflavored as well. Now I can munch as much as I want without worry.
I waffled about including this in my list because it sounds sort of like a humble brag. If its inclusion motivates anyone else to get out there and volunteer though, I decided it was worth it. Because I work from home, sometimes I realize I’m not leaving the house as much as would be healthy. Knowing that I have my once a week volunteering commitment forces me to get out into the world and interact with others. Plus, the work I’m doing really brings a sense of meaning and connection to my life.
5. Toonie Thursday Movie Night
I am so lucky to have a cheap “encore” movie theatre in my town. It plays movies for a discounted rate after they have left the bigger movie theatres. The rates there are always inexpensive, but specifically on Thursday nights it only costs $2! It’s a practice in patience waiting for the movies to come over to the encore theatre, but it is so worth it. Brad and I love going to out to see movies, and this means we can go as much as we like without breaking the bank.
Please, I would love to hear what things are saving your life right now. Share them in the comments so I can try them out too. 🙂