Creating time for wellness: it is in your hands
- Did you know that what we do with our time has a significant impact on how we feel, the content of our thoughts and our body ‘tone’? Similarly, when we pay attention and notice how we are feeling at any given time, we can make different choices in what we do, what jobs we undertake and which we reschedule.
For example, maybe you notice that over watching ‘News 24’ or getting caught up on social media, is not fostering feelings of safeness, purpose or adequacy, yet we can be easily hooked into those places. Have you noticed how precious ‘free minutes’ can be mindlessly whittled away, as a quick email or ‘Insta-check’ turns into an hour-long web-based super surf? How else could you have, or wished to have, used that time?
Being more aware (mindful) of how our daily routine is spent can help us to make active choices of how we use our time AND create space for the things that we like, enjoy and love. More importantly, committing time in this way can help us feel good, nourished, nurtured and taken care of. In these tricky and changing times, never has developing inner resources for self-care been more important.
I am sharing a fantastic exercise, tried and tested by all my clients, with intriguing insights and inspirations. Have a look at the INFOGRAPHIC ‘Designing time for me’. List everything you do in a day or evening, how long you do it for and then mark either ‘N’ or ‘D’ beside them, for activities that ‘nourish’ or ‘deplete’ you. This exercise is not intended to cause shock, though you may be surprised at where your times goes and how it is spent!
Review your findings and ask yourself:
Am I choosing to do this or am I doing this by default ?
What would I LIKE to do at this moment ?
Is this making me happy or content right now?
Does this need to be done at this moment, or can I do this another time ?
Creating pockets of time does not mean creating hours and hours for ourselves, this may be unrealistic. What we are doing here is making conscious choices that support our well-being, as opposed to our time been hijacked by habitual, unconscious or unintentional choices.
So, why not make a list of the things that you LIKE or LOVE doing, things that really make you feel happy, light, relaxed or good? Which of these can you ‘chunk’ into smaller time slots? See if you can create 5, 10 or 15 minutes a day for that one thing. This is can be part of your active self-care plan.
Did you know, nurture is ‘dose-dependent’? The more you do it, the better you will feel and the more you are likely to keep it up! I would love to know how you get along, so feel free to get in touch with any questions or comments and do watch out for our FREE wellbeing shares on our website and associated media pages
With kindness, Sands