I strongly & highly recommend walking to the grocery store. We live within a handful of blocks of our main grocery store and I try to walk as often as possible. This morning, on my return, I felt somewhat like the little guy above, but it’s so worth it!
I grab a reusable bag or two (depends on how much I am planning to pick up each trip) out of the trunk of my car and head southeast to Sprouts. Today’s haul included: 2 packages of boneless, skinless turkey thighs; 3 avocadoes; a package of grape/cherry tomatoes; a bag of mini bell peppers; a bunch of bananas; 2 things of tempeh; a container of plain Greek yogurt (with fat!); some bulk quinoa; and a container of flaxmilk. I balanced everything between two bags, but you can see why I felt a little weighed down.
Taking this stroll to my grocer’s provides physical activity, fresh air and time to think. I don’t listen to music on these walks. I pay full attention to my surroundings, gathering information from both sight and sound, saying hi to my fellow travelers on foot. I craft blogposts! I think of family & friends to whom I want to send energy, good vibes, healing thoughts, well wishes. I enjoy both the sunshine and the shade.
I create “me” time. Time when I get to enjoy nature, be with my thoughts, meditate on life ~~ for me, this is spiritual. Spiritual and necessary.
In case a walk to pick up your groceries isn’t in the cards, here are some other suggestions for carving out “me” time:
Create your “me” time in any small way throughout your day (or, at least, several times throughout your week).