Good morning and happy day 21 of the 31-Day Challenge for Change! Today, we invite you to give yourself permission to do something you love.
Today and generously throughout the New Year.
What might that something be?
Something that honors who you are and what’s important to you.
Maybe it’s something you know will make you laugh or smile. Maybe it’s allowing yourself to take a 20-minute break from work to go for a brisk walk in order to counter that midday slump, or picking up a long-lost and well-loved hobby like painting or sewing or bird watching. It could be something as simple as making a snow angel in freshly fallen snow.
For some reason, giving ourselves permission to do things we know nourish our body and soul, even if it’s just for a brief time, can be easier said than done. When we’re overwhelmed with work, it can be all too easy to make excuses about why we can’t break free from the tasks at hand. The inner critic might even pipe up and say things like, “You don’t deserve to do anything right now! Work is far more important!”
We always deserve to prioritize self-care and thread a healthy balance of it into our lives. Every day. Now, I’m not saying abandon all tasks right now and go to a spa. Instead, honor how powerful a daily does of you time can be. In fact, there’s been a great deal of recent research reinforcing the notion that giving oneself time to step away from work and do something enjoyable actually leads to greater productivity in the long run. It certainly leads to greater happiness, too, which can benefit all areas of our life.
So, what will you give yourself permission to do today? This week? Share with us via email and the Life Balance Jumpstart Facebook page.
by Sophie Slater