Today was a good day at work. I managed to paint for a full 5 hours today, the first time in about a week and a half of not really being in the "zone". I decided that I needed to do some things different in order to keep the winter blahs at bay and was willing to try a few things. I started my day with an attempt to meditate. I have always wanted to do this in order to center myself and keep stress away but have never been too successful. I lasted about 2, maybe 3 minutes today before my mind started to wander too much for me to focus. I then tried focusing on affirmations, repeating what I wanted out of my career, but found that they weren't flowing out of me too easily. I know this takes practice so we will try again tomorrow.
Next was the gym. Working out really helps clear my head but it is so hard to get myself to the gym, especially if it's cold out. My warm bed usually wins that battle but not this morning. I got myself out and to a muscle building class which felt good at the time. At the moment I am feeling like a truck ran me over, but this morning it really energized me and I felt good on my way to work. I'm sure I will hate life tomorrow since I will probably be sore. I am trying to go to the gym at least three times during the work week. I think it will be a good stress reliever and will clear my head so that I can focus on painting once I get to the studio. Seems pretty basic and logical, exercise and meditation, but like I said, it isn't always easy to do.