Weekday Wisdom, Episode 45
Do you set aside “me” time regularly? That’s what we’re going to talk about in today’s Weekday Wisdom. Video and audio versions are available at the bottom of this post.
In episode 40, I gave you a quiz that was about how well you balance your life and nurture happiness. In that video, I promised you that for the next 16 videos I would explain each of the true-false questions. Today I’m explaining question number five.
True or False?
I set aside personal quiet time for myself
whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift.
I don’t know about you, but this one’s a tough one for me. Right now, because I have a “day job,” I get up at 4:30 a.m. so I can be on the bus by 5:30 a.m. so I could be at work by 6:30 a.m. And when I get home, I’m tired. In fact, I fall asleep on the bus on the way home. And, after I get home, I’m often working on my next book. Life is really busy. So, when do I have time to contemplate my navel? Right?
Well, I often use my bus travel time to just sit and think. More often than not, I’m reading or I’m playing solitaire on my phone, but I often will use that time to think through things. Sometimes I think about what I’m writing for my next book, or new blog post, or even another Weekday Wisdom.
It is really important to set aside some time to go “ahhhh” and commune with your self.
Before I met my husband and got a day job, I used to walk for half an hour to the beach, meditate with my feet in the sand and the seagulls flying around, and then walk half an hour home. It was awesome. I was feeling fit. I was losing weight. I was feeling connected. And then life got crazy. I fell in love, moved in with my boyfriend, then got married. Oh, and I got hit by a car in there, too. Anyway, everything changed. I no longer do my walks, and I’ve gained weight. That quiet time? I’ve really struggled with fitting it in.
However, I know how important it is so, I try to at least grab five minutes — preferably 10 — every week. It’s not a lot, but it’s something.
If you aren’t doing at least that, I seriously, seriously urge you to do so. “Me” time is really important. You need to have time to let your thoughts wander because that’s when the creative sparks flow. It gives your mind time to rest, which is really important.
Because if you aren’t well rested, like I mentioned in a previous video, if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.
So, take some “me” time. Meditate. Let your thoughts wander. Heck, color! Adult coloring is also a really big thing these days, and for good reason. Take some time out for yourself. It is so important for your health, mentally and physically.
Don’t box yourself in.
Spread your wings and fly.
Because you — yes, you — are capable of more than you know.
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