One of my favorite treats in the life balance pantry is made from mindfulness, focused gratitude and being in the present.
That said... as I examine my current state of mind, there's a big part of me that just doesn't want to focus. I don't want to think about the present. I want to be someplace else. I need a break.
There's always "liquid escape" and trust me, I'm holding onto that as an option.
In the spirit of pure health though, I thought I'd suggest alternative paths to mindlessness which work just as well, minus incriminating photos and hangover.
Please feel free to share yours too. (Paths to mindlessness that is; we'll save the incriminating photos for later.)
2. Books/Audiobooks: In order for this to be a successful "getaway" it has to be a book which completely transports you. So much so that if you stop reading, you picture the characters frozen in position where you left them. Impatiently waiting for you to get back to the story so they can get on with their lives.
I recently had this experience reading the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Someone suggested these books to me a long time ago but I resisted, not usually one to get sucked into the hoopla of pop teen lit. But sucked in I became. Make that embarrassingly addicted. I highly recommend the audiobooks in this case. They are so well read by Ilyana Kadushin et al, that they give you the escape of a movie with line-by-line integrity to the book (since it, um, is the book.)
If you like the Twilight books, go ahead and read The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I know you're holding off because you think it can't be as good. Afraid to kill your Twilight buzz, right? Go for it. It's just as captivating in a completely different way. You won't be disappointed.
3. Tickle fights: Not a suggestion you might find on a list in SELF Magazine but it's one of my favorites. For me, there is just nothing better than rolling around with someone I love, playing and laughing to the point of possible incontinence. (Hey! Get your minds out of the gutter!)
4. Running: A lot of people tell me this a great way to escape stress. (Also a great way to escape a crime scene for example, but that's a different blog.) I'm trying to get into it, I really am. The theory is nice -- wind in your hair, just you and the road, complete freedom, etc. But honestly I'm just not there yet. I have a hard time clearing my mind when I run except to think, "I hate running. I hate running. I hate running." That's just me though. Maybe my ZenRunner friend will comment.
5. #3 but with my mind in the gutter.
Wanna Get Away