There are a few things in this world that I claim as the therapeutic tools for my sanity. Sometimes, after a stressful day in class and a sleep deprived night, I look forward to the little cosas I know will cheer me up.
Walking to a destination instead of driving. Alright, alright, I know that isn’t always an option in Texas heat. But, sometimes, a very select sometimes, there is that gem of a morning in which everything around the hill country looks serene and calm. The river has a slight bit of fog hovering on top of it and the sounds of the waterfalls make me feel at ease.
Sipping on a cup of coffee. Nothing makes me feel better in the summer than an iced soy latte from my favorite local coffee shop (The Coffee Pot in San Marcos). I love to sit and read with a cup of organic coffee. Yes, organic. Not that I can tell the difference or anything, it is just nice to know that I am drinking something that has never touched pesticides or any sort of unnatural chemical.
Attending a yoga class. This past Friday, I went to the Community Yoga Center in San Marcos with my friend Beca and I felt fantastic afterwards. I used to be a big fan of Monday night yoga to start my week off with a sense of relaxation, but now I have come to find that yoga is much more effective for me after the week is over. Knowing that I can practice yoga with no stresses for the night to come or the following day makes me feel all the more at ease.
Trying a new food. For a while, I was blogging about trying one new food every day for a year. Unfortunately, I found it difficult to keep up with after a few weeks, and now I just eat new foods for fun. I love trying new restaurants and experiencing the culture of each local restaurant, no matter which city I happen to be in. Last night, I went to Shady Grove in Austin and tried the Noodle Salad with Grilled Chicken and thai peanut sauce. I was so excited about this salad that I intentionally half way starved myself at dinner so that I could save the rest of my salad for my lunch today. Talk about practicing portion control.
How do you keep yourself sane? I could always use some extra tips to de-stress and enjoy my vida!