This week we're going to have a slightly different challenge for you - one that is a little less focused on eating healthy and more focused on living your best life. Far too many of us get caught up in our busy lives, rushing off from event to event, never having any real downtime where we can just sit back, be present, and enjoy a leisure activity.
So, this week's challenge is to schedule at least 30 minutes each day to do something that you truly want to do. Whether it's a hobby, relaxing, or just doing nothing - as long as it doesn't feel like an obligation.
The first thing that needs to be discussed is the consequence of over-scheduling. If you're loading up your schedule with errand after errand, eventually you're going to be at a very high risk of burnout.
While you may think that you're just 'living life to the fullest', really, you're draining your tank. If you want to be at your best, you must have time to recharge your batteries and regain mental sanity. Rest is a vital component of healthy living, yet far too many of us completely neglect to get the rest that we need.
This includes not only rest in terms of getting enough sleep at night, but rest from the busy pace of the life we lead.
Keep in mind that even 'healthy' events can have this effect. If you rush off to the gym every spare moment you get, while you may be boosting your fitness level, you may not necessarily be improving your overall well-being.
So this week's challenge is to help you restore your sanity. The goal is to schedule at least 30 minutes each day to do something that you truly want to do.
There are a number of different options here. You could:
- read a book
- go for a massage
- meet a friend for coffee
- watch an old comedy movie
- take a hot bath
- perform a yoga session to help relax your mind
- take a nap
- window shop
Basically, do anything that you feel provides some joy in your life - something that you don't have to do, but want to do. By filling your day with something that you truly want to be doing, you can increase your own life personal satisfaction tremendously.