I love solitude. However, a hectic work schedule combined with three children left very little “alone time” for me. Most nights I would drop into bed shortly after tucking Ben in for the night and fall asleep mid “Hail Mary.” Since my diagnosis, I have had more time to myself than ever before in my life. And I’m lovin’ it!
Once the kids have left for school, I have six glorious hours to myself every weekday. Sometimes I will pre plan my day, as I have to be sure to include the boring stuff, like doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and paying bills. Most days however, I awake to a blank slate which I can fill in any way I want. Here are some of my favourites: go for a walk; do a meditation; cook a healthy pot of soup; sit in my sunroom with a cuppa and watch the seabirds; read; garden (in season); and catch up on emails to my friends. As I pursue these stress relieving activities in complete silence, I know that I am creating an environment which is most conducive to healing. Now, where did I put my seed catalogues?
Tip: “Learn to enjoy your own company. You are the one person you can count on living with for the rest of your life”. (Ann Richards)