Self-care became a big topic during pandemic lockdowns when stress and worry intensified to unheard-of levels. People receive advice to care for themselves first before taking care of others. Business (meaning: employers) don’t necessarily get on board that bandwagon when your self-care activity intrudes upon paid working hours or job performance. Children don’t necessarily care what Mom or Dad needs: they want their needs taken care of. And the demands go on.
I make my living as a freelance writer, editor, and book designer. (Yeah, it’s not common to find someone who does all three.) It keeps me busy. Being freelance means I have freedom: I manage my own hours. I often work really long hours, but I also have the wherewithal to cut them short to accommodate the things I want to do. This year, I have made a commitment to go riding every week during the “warm season,” weather permitting.
Horses, not motorcycles or bicycles.
Winston Churchill is credited with saying that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man. Research shows that spending time outdoors amid natural surroundings is healthful for body and mind. Riding on the trails, I get the benefit of both horses and being outdoors.
So, this year I’m taking better care of me while doing what I love: trail riding. What do you do to feed your well-being?