“You need to take that time for yourself to get away from the busyness and craziness of life,” Newton said. “Circle back to yourself.”
There are several spots around the county where one can take a step back to chill.
“At home, you get distracted. You see a pile of laundry,” Garcia said. “If you have a place to go to, you’re more willing to say “I’m going to do this.’”
Since June, Garcia has offered a meditation session the first Monday of every month at her office in Columbia. Each session begins with a stretching exercise before everyone takes a seat and she begins.
“We sit there and clear our minds,” Garcia said. “People wander off to a peaceful state.”
Typically either breakfast or lunch is available for a small fee, too.
“It is a nice way to punctuate your time if you’re not racing back to work, carpool or grocery shopping,” Newton said, of adding a meal. “It is a time to gather yourself.”
For some, admiring a work of art may can be a relaxing experience. Through Feb. 24, the Artists’ Gallery in Ellicott City is hosting the exhibit “Art to Warm the Soul.” While Diane Dunne, a member of the gallery, admitted that the theme was more in reference to the cold temperatures, she didn’t deny that art can be soothing.
“I do think art relates to the soul, especially in the cold winter when you need something to make you feel good,” Dunn said. “Art does.”
Garcia stressed that taking the time to mediate is often the biggest roadblock people face.
“People don’t allow themselves to do things for themselves. It’s a luxury to take an hour for ‘just me,” Garcia said. “It is one those things people need to get around. We need that time for ‘ourselves.’”