Self-Care Exercise

The best place to meditate is Home Depot (a huge hardware chain store). There are very few people, the place is enormous, there is a whole large section that smells of fresh wood planks and another section that has live seasonal plants, Christmas carols play in the background, the selection of goods is all about improving and decorating one’s living space, walking around the store provides a form of gentle exercise. 

I go to Home Depot for an hour and emerge feeling more refreshed than after 3 hours at a spa.  I’d do a bookstore, of course, but ours is not huge and too crowded.

5 thoughts on “Self-Care Exercise

  1. You’re right about one thing: You can wander leisurely through a very crowded* Home Depot store four hours, and NOBODY will disturb you (or offer to assist you, if you don’t ask for directions to whatever hidden corner where the goods you’re seeking are buried).

    *In the Phoenix metro area, all the HD stores are always crowded.

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  2. Totally agree about the therapeutic power of Home Depot. I would say that any home improvement store would work if it’s large enough: there are a few local stores that I adore. I really like looking at new tools and machines, way more than clothes for instance (which one would assume based on me being a woman). And it’s a plus if no one bothers me to “help”!

    I also love stationery. Office Max and the like. Kids starting school in September is a time of joy as I have an excuse to spend hours shopping for pens and pencils and glue and binders and folders… wistful sigh

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    1. “I also love stationery. Office Max and the like. Kids starting school in September is a time of joy as I have an excuse to spend hours shopping for pens and pencils and glue and binders and folders”

      • YES. I adore stationery stores. I walk around and probably even drool a little because of the joy I experience.

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