Yesterday, I posted this as my status on Facebook:
I slept in this morning. Best sleep ever.
Instead of rolling over and doing obligatory stuff, I took some time to catch up on blogs and do some pre-birthday shopping, talk to friends.
Had a great breakfast and enjoyed more than one cup of coffee.
Now I can do the obligatory stuff and be productive.
Sometimes the best things to do for yourself are the simple ones: enjoying life with no time limit.
It amazes me how much we do as humans: get up, work, cook, clean, look after loved ones, etc, etc. But what have we done to make ourselves happy? Something as simple as getting some extra sleep (or in my case, getting sleep period) is an exercise in self care.
We don’t focus on that often, enough, I think.
We don’t like to say no, or to postpone an obligation.
We don’t like to do for ourselves, in lieu of doing for others.
We put off a small thing that makes us happy (for me, an extra cup of coffee) for completing a task (finishing a schedule.)
And it’s to our detriment.
Typically before I start a new work week, I like to take some time just for me. Sometimes it’s doing my hair; giving myself a good scrub and a deep conditioning. Sometimes it’s a pedicure. Sometimes its taking the time to make my favorite dish, one I don’t do often because its so time consuming (chicken and dumplings.)
And when I do that thing? It instantly brightens my mood.
I took an entire morning to myself, and I felt productive for the rest of my day. I got my housework done, some research finished, dinner AND lunch for the week done. I feel like I can start my workweek having made myself happy, and now I can go forth and share that with the world.
It’s Monday. Most folks hate Mondays because it’s the start of the week; a return to the mundane work life or stress left behind from Friday.
So take some time today to do what makes you happy–even if it’s just a walk around the block at lunch or a milkshake from your favorite restaurant.
Oh, and rock out to this, because it’s what I was listening to when I came up with the title to this post: