At the beginning of each year, many of us will take some to time reflect on ways we can improve ourselves and our lives going forward. Perhaps this year you have decided you want to get more active, eat more greens, or reduce stress in your life. Whatever your New Year’s resolution may be, I challenge you to make one more resolution that will not only benefit your life and the lives of those around you but will also support any other resolutions you have already made. Making this one extra resolution has been shown to increase productivity, reduce the stress that leads to debilitating and fatal illnesses, and increase happiness. So, what is this magic resolution?
Time. Make time every week for you and ONLY YOU to do something that is meaningful to you and brings vitality to your life. How much time and what you do with it is completely up to you! Below are a few questions to support you in developing a plan for making time for self-care, and following through so you can reap the benefits–increased vitality and quality of life.
If you are motivated to make time for yourself in your life, here are some questions to help you develop a plan to get started:
Close your eyes and imagine yourself doing things that make you feel the most inspired, alive, at peace, engaged, or joyful. What are you doing? Perhaps it is something you did in the past, still do, or have been thinking about trying?
- Some examples might include playing music or a sport, creating something with your hands, exploring a new trail, reading, writing, working on a hobby, practicing meditation or yoga, getting a message, spending time in the garden, bird watching, cooking, etc.
- Check out this article for self-care tips that just take a few minutes!
- Coach’s Example: I see myself doing yoga, meditating, taking a walk, or reading a devotion and writing in my journal.
What benefits might these activities bring you? How might these benefits impact your loved ones?
- Coach’s Example: These activities leave me feeling rejuvenated and more at peace, and almost always improve my sleep. When it comes to their impact on those around me, I’m sure they’d report that I’m more positive, energetic, and have a better sense of humor 😉
How might you see yourself incorporating one or more of these things into your life?
- What preparation steps might be required?
- Looking for classes, getting supplies, creating a space for yourself, talking to someone for support if you need help carving out time with kids (you may do a sitter swap with friends or ask family) etc.
- Coach’s Example: I see myself looking up quick yoga and meditation YouTube videos, Googling new trails close to the house, and talking to the husband about days and times that work best for him to watch Little Miss.
Now turn that activity into a SMART goal (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time based) and hang it somewhere you can see if everyday! Tweak it as necessary to create a plan that works best for you.
- Coach’s Example: For the next two weeks, every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-5:45pm, I will take time for myself to do one of the following things: yoga, meditation, taking a walk, or reading a devotion and writing in my journal.
After two weeks are up take a few minutes to reflect on your goal and revamp it as you envision what the next few weeks look like for you and to align with what is motivating you at the moment.
To bringing increased Vitality and Energy into our lives! Chris