I look at my list of things to do and then look at how much time I have to get it all done, and I can’t seem to balance them. Then I look at my wish list of things I want to do to take care of myself so I can be healthier and less stressed, and realize there’s a reason I can’t even get on my list of to do’s- there’s simply no time! How often do we give all of our time and energy to our family, friends, and work? Why is it so hard to take back some of that time for ourselves?
I have a rule that gives me permission to take back time without feeling guilty for not making everything else a priority- it’s simply to take 20 minutes every day for myself. When you think about it, everyone else can wait for 20 minutes without dying. The kids can find something else to do, like their chores, and the phone can take messages in case a call comes in. The dishes will still be there…. I promise! But the gift of 20 minutes a day allows me to recharge my soul.
What can be done in 20 minutes? I meditate, read, pray, and write. Sometimes I use that time to exercise, organize my closet, put away any clutter, or even nap. Whatever I choose to do, I know I can stop and get back to my crazy schedule in 20 minutes and both kids are still alive. It’s amazing how the world keeps spinning without me!
What’s on your list of things you want to do for yourself but thought you didn’t have enough time? What difference can it make in your quality of living if you gave yourself that gift of 20 minutes? How much better will you feel if you just took a walk around the block or used that time to call a friend?
Regardless of how you choose to use your 20 minutes, make sure you start today to see what impact it has. Your mood will be calmer, your house will be cleaner, and maybe by this summer you can buy a bathing suit you’re proud to wear! Sound off on how you’re going to use your 20 minutes!