Something you begin to notice as you get a teeny bit older is that time kind of speeds up. Before you know it, months have passed. You still haven’t cleared out the spare bedroom. Or started that novel. Or enrolled on that interior design course.
It’s easy to see why – you’re too busy running around after everyone else and making sure their needs are looked after. Work commitments, kids, parents, dogs, cats, friends having meltdowns…
Which is all important stuff. But in amongst all of that, you need to make sure that you have time too. Otherwise it’s easy to end up frustrated, resentful and generally peed off. And before you know it, you might end up thinking it’s too late to go chasing some of those dreams.
Taking time for yourself – even if it’s only five minutes every day – is important. The clever people over at Happify say giving yourself time to be alone with you every day helps you to:
Reboot your brain
Improve your concentration
Be more productive
Have better relationships
So as counter-intuitive as it may seem, doing things just for you is good for everyone.
If you’re not very good at making time for yourself, we suggest you bootcamp yourself into the habit. Select a week (sometime very soon) in your diary. Then plan and schedule one thing you’re going to do for yourself EVERY DAY that week.
And when we say yourself, we mean just that. Your activity should be just you. No phone. No work email. No Facebook. Just you.
When you plan your #AWeekOfYou, sit down with a cuppa – or a cool glass of refreshing Sea Arch - and write down all those things that you love doing (or have always fancied doing), but somehow never find the time. If you need some ideas, here’s a few to think about…
Drive to your favourite spot for a walk
Set your alarm and watch the sun rise
Go for a run
Buy a pack of greetings cards and send them to the people you love with a little “thinking of you” message
If you can only grab five minutes, do it. Light a lovely candle and do a meditation – breathe deeply and remember how wonderful you are
Smash a spin class
Watch a new podcast
Change it up with a new hair do
Indulge in a massage
Go to your favourite deli
Get creative with an art class – find one online if it’s too much of a mission to find one locally
Visit a museum or gallery
Get your nails done
Finally read that book you’ve been wanting to
Plan a new project
Take an hour to go to a café, have a nice tea or latte and read a magazine. No work emails allowed. No Facebook. Just you, your thoughts and the moment
Then get into the habit. As soon as you think, “Ooh, that looks nice…” find a slot in your diary to make that thing happen for you.
Let us know how you get on.