This past week was an absolute doozy at work. I’ve been really stressed out, and I have to be careful to take time for myself when I get like that. I try really hard to enforce some kind of lunch break and to still get in bed at my normal time, even when I feel like there isn’t enough time in the day. I remind myself that I’m a much better employee when I’m not tired and fried. And I also remind myself that I’ve been in jobs that I HATED, and while work is stressful right now, I still really love my job. And that is something to be really grateful for.
That being said, I was VERY ready for the weekend. I started off my day by running with my old running group! I ran with this group 4-5x a week for years and they are such wonderful people. It was Rajesh’s birthday, which I didn’t know until after I’d made plans to run with them, and then I realized the first time I ever ran with that group was on Rajesh’s birthday 7 years ago. 🙂
After the run (and post-run mimosas…well, just orange juice for me…I wasn’t feeling alcohol that early!), I still itching to get out of town, to get some fresh air, and to clear my head. I didn’t have much time since I was fitting a field trip in between a birthday brunch for Meg (yay!) and an evening birthday party for Rajesh (yay!), but I packed up Maizey, some water, and hit the road. I was planning to go to the Mabry Mill area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but I passed Hanging Rock State Park on the way, so I pulled into there instead.
It was a great decision.
We didn’t get to explore too many trails given our short timeframe (and some unexpected rain!), but it was enough to help clear my head and make me feel like a better dog mom. (I have major dog mom guilt that Maizey doesn’t have a yard right now.)
I want to try to get out and explore NC more this summer. I used to explore the area a lot and I loved seeing so many areas of the state and into Virginia. I am a sucker for tiny Southern towns and now that the weather is nicer, I’m going to try to get back in the habit of (a) early morning weekend runs and (b) afternoon adventures.
What helps clear your head when you’re stressed?