Today we have 2 tasks again, and the first is to go on a 20 minute walk outdoors. On day 1 this we did a 10 minute walk but now we need to start carving out a little more time for ourselves. You can choose to make this a nice leisurely walk or something more energetic to get the heart rate up. Either is fine, just listen to what your body is asking you for. My only request is that you don’t take your phone with you, or you keep it tucked away in a pocket and don’t look at it. No music, no podcasts. Just you and the outdoors. Listening to the world around you, letting your thoughts get processed. Note how you feel when you’re done.
For task 2 we are continuing with our reflective work, and today we are looking at our interests. Take a piece of paper and write on it all your interests. A good way to approach this is to write out all the ways you actually spend your time and money, rather than the aspirational things you’re not actually doing.
You may find it helpful to think about your work life, hobbies, exercise/sports and who you spend your time with. This exercise shouldn’t be too challenging, but what we are doing here is beginning to look at who we are as a person and how we spend our time. Maybe consider how these things may have changed for you over the years, where you life focus is now compared to before times. In light of Covid you may be doing a lot less things than you would normally write down, so do include also what you would be doing without Covid restriction.
If you feel drawn to take on a little bit more relaxation and mindfulness today then pick up one of the activities from the last few days such as the cup of tea or the 10 breaths challenges.
We are only 3 days in but hopefully you’re beginning to feel some benefits now. A number of people have said that they feel guilty to take time out for themselves, and unfortunately this is a societal pressure that has been created, the suggestion that rest is laziness. It isn’t, rest is one of the most important things we can do for our health and well-being. Keep reminding yourself you can not pour from an empty cup.