How did you spend your weekend? Did you get any time alone for yourself? Or did you end up meddled in a bunch of activities that made the weekend fly by? Most of us by 6pm Sunday night wonder what happened to the weekend. Often, weekends entail activities planned that leave little time to yourself. You fly through a bunch of engagements or house chores and end up Sunday night wishing you had more downtime in your downtime. Here are 3 small things to do on Monday after work that will give you time to yourself, rejuvenate you, slow things down a bit and help you get through the rest of the week.
1. Take a walk alone
It doesn’t have to be a long walk, even 20 minutes is enough but the important thing is to do it alone and give time to yourself. Often when we are alone, not doing much, time seems to just slow down and we become much more aware of our inner sense of self. Try not to listen to music, or if you must, listen to classical or meditative music that doesn’t carry a beat. Be aware of your surroundings and focus on your breaths.
You would’ve heard meditating can clear your mind and the heath benefits of regular meditation, and well, it’s absolutely true. People who meditate reduce the likelihood of being hospitalised for coronary disease by 87% and the possibility of getting cancer by 55%. If you’ve never meditated before or find it hard to wind down or sit still for 5 minutes even, then there are things you can do to help with this. Firstly, do a brain dump beforehand – sit down with a piece of paper and write continuously for 5 minutes without thinking. Just let all your thoughts go and see what comes out. Secondly, when you are meditating, if your thoughts come and enter your mind, try not to push them out, instead answer them in your mind with a ‘mmmm’. This may sound silly but it’s a way of acknowledging your thoughts without leading them on or having them come back again by trying hard to push them out. Be accepting that you will not have complete ‘silence’ in your mind the first few times. The key is consistency, make sure you find 5 minutes to do it every second day at least.
3. Take a bath
Or dip your feet in a bucket of warm water for 15 minutes. Fill it with relaxing oils, bath salts or not, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is to let your muscles and mind relax and make that bit of time for yourself. Focus on your breathing, look at the water, look at your body, your feet. Make sure it is a quiet space around you and that you can be alone for 15 minutes. Massage your legs or your feet and be connected with yourself.
The idea is to have that space for your mind to relax. To be in solitude, in peace and to be comfortable.