I hear so many good things about meditation. So! Many! And let's face it, I need all the help I can get. There is enough stress in my life that I've gained fifty pounds in a year and can hardly turn my neck for all the tension I hold there. I have been trying to meditate somewhat regularly (i.e. a couple times a week, except for when it's a couple times a month, or three days in a row).
I found an awesome website called calm.com that offers free guided meditation in 2, 5, 10, and 20 minute intervals. I can get the kids to sit with me for the 2 minute one, and on good days they will ask if we can do a 5 minute one. It is easier to meditate when you are calm than when you are stressed. (Is that irony? Ever since people started mocking Alanis Morissette I've been nervous about using that term in public.) A five minute meditation session usually consists of about 4 minutes of my thoughts racing all over the place and one minute of dozing off. I've also read that going to sleep during meditation is a sign that you are hiding from the work you need to do. I suspect it's more that I'm tired, but there's no reason why it couldn't be both.
But it still feels good. It makes me feel like I'm doing something to take care of myself, what Beth Woolsey calls "radical acts of self care." That alone is worth the price. (Which is free. I'm sorry, I can't tell if I'm being funny or just incomprehensible.)
How have you taken care of yourself lately?