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December 09, 2012

Chilling out

December 09, 2012

This year saw no shortage of hecticness for me. Between working nearly full time at SmallBox while also working on my Master's degree (in Human-Computer Interaction) at IUPUI, not to mention the side projects and still trying to have something of a social life, I had my fair share of times when I needed to relax and take a break from it all.

I found relaxation was deepest if I spent time in nature, so I structured my break time to include as much time outdoors as possible. Whether that meant a midday 15-minute walk around the canal in Broad Ripple, an evening romp at one of my favorite local parks to let my dog Isabel frolick in the water, or a weekend camping trip in Brown County with friends, I found that taking any amount of time I could to enjoy nature proved to be restful and rejuvenating.

What seemed to matter most is that I took that time and stayed present in those moments to just being in nature and allowing myself to relax. It wasn't always easy — I certainly had days when all I could think of while on a hike was my growing to-do list or some pressing issue weighing on my mind. But on the whole, staying present helped give my brain a bit of a brief sabbatical to the running chatter that is my mind wanting to solve problems and get things done. I think my 2013 will include even more time in nature, maybe even with a dash of creativity — morning meditation hikes? Lunchtime picnics in the woods? Bring it on, 2013!

This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox.

Today’s prompt: What did you do this year when things got hectic? How did you unwind?

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