Sometimes, I have a difficult time clearing my mind. Erasing the “tapes” from my head — whether it’s thoughts about school, training, or otherwise. My best friend Kerry is a little bit (read: a lot) better at being easygoing. Lately, I’ve been taking part in one of her favorite activities to clear the mind & unwind (especially in the summer): stargazing.
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Okay, it may sound corny. After a rough day of training or work, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is going outside and pondering life while gazing up at the sky. But there’s something about stargazing — something about putting your phone away, disconnecting, clearing your mind and looking up at the bright night sky; allowing thoughts to roam to wherever they choose, that is quite amazing.
If you’re looking to make the stargazing experience that much more awesome — try to watch the sunset beforehand. There’s something inherently calming about it. About the vibrant pinks and reds and blues in the sky melting into one and signaling the end of a long day.
The next time you have one of those days — in which you’re crying, stressed, or angry for no reason; when your training seems to be going poorly and you feel like you’ve reached a dead end, try stargazing. Seriously. Take a blanket outside, or lay out in the grass in your backyard — alone or with a friend — and clear your mind. Breathe.
Let your thoughts roam.
From thoughts about today.
To thoughts about tomorrow.
To your next race.
To the crisp, cool feeling when you first jump in the water for a swim.
To faded memories. To him. (Or her)
Stargazing is so calming. Try it once in awhile to clear your head.
sunsets & stargazing are great de-stressers.