Is not the usual kind of workplace question but I had my fortnightly massage at work today and she had the massage bed and it was good good good! So very good!
The masseuse told me I had lots of nice clothes and that she could tell that I liked clothes. Which is a really funny comment, I think, given that whole post I made a while back about clothes and shoes and whatnot. And given I was wearing a work uniform shirt and my personal uniform skirts (you know them, I have like 10 of them). My shoes today are art deco-esque, though. But I was cool about the comment and I thought ... I like certain clothes and I like to dress in a certain way. And I'm cool about that. Which is ... cool!
And as I lay there and my mind raced, I realised it was really good to do this fortnightly, even if that does feel a tad decadent, because it works to pull me back into myself, to centre and to refocus on a bunch of things that this year I realised were important. The absolute top of the list is the balancing of work/life and then from that, managing stress levels. If I want to remain at this frenetic pace (which I do because what would I drop? And next year's TPP schedule is double this one and 2010's double that again, already.) it's important to figure out how to do that and not burn out. Not that I have always been successful at that this year but ... I'm working on it. And fortnightly massages, and yoga, and lots of long hot baths, and cutting down on refined foods and a bunch of other things are really helping.
This though reminded me that I have a way to go at achieving the ideal but that's cool too.
I think I am going to add some yoga at home during the week. I love yoga and for me it's a good way to build some meditation into my week. Plus there is only a shortened yoga term of 4 weeks including this week at work till next year. And I would *hate* to lose any of my strength over the christmas break.
The really important thing though that I think I have learned is the importance of good scheduling. I have really been good at keeping my diary this year. And then ... when I have set aside some me time, or some friends time or some relaxation time (massage, bath, whatever), concentrating on relaxing and enjoying it. I've really tried to control not allowing thoughts of the stressful to impinge on time set aside to regenerate, relax and enjoy. And to not feel guilty about setting that time aside. And yeah, I think that's working too.
So yeah ... am nicely booked in for the next fortnight. Yay!