Today was a very busy and emotionally draining day. An employee reached out to me today in need of help regarding alcoholism. Our office rallied together to help this person. We listened to what the employee said, which directed us to call services/resources through our healthcare plan. Then as I was leaving for my doctor’s appointment, I found an employee on the ground in the parking lot. This employee had stepped off the curb and fell but had managed to call coworkers for help. We all converged at the same time. I remembered that we had a wheel chair in our office so I called my admin and she raced through the parking lot with the wheel chair. Now seeing a 60+ year old woman, pushing a wheel chair through a parking lot at lightning speed was pretty comical. I really needed the laugh by this time. After I returned to the office, I had to put my health concerns on the back burner until my day was over. And let me tell you, the afternoon dragged on and I was not sure how I was going to get through appointments and teaching a yoga class. But as soon as I saw the yoga newbies waiting for me to teach them, I smiled and let go of the stressful day I had just encountered. I slowed down, took a deep breath and was energized by their enthusiasm. Class was amazing. My newbies were amazing. This made me realize that I need to take my mental health breaks. I tell my employees this, but I sometimes forget to do it. I think this is probably common among us working in the fitness industry. So as tired and stressed out as I was, my yoga class was perfectly timed at the end of my work day and ended up being part of my time out. The other part was sitting on a bench at the dog park, watching my dog play chase with her dog mates. Now that puts a smile on my face!