Recently, I’ve been practising a lot of meditation. Not so much writing as before, but a lot of meditation. There just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do all of the things that make us feel good. But it is so important to find time to do at least some of them. For me, yoga and meditation make me feel good, as does writing, reading, quality time with my family, listening to music, cooking (but not the washing up!) – the list goes on. You may like to think about what would go on your list.
But all too often, our days get filled with the things we must do. The hours whizz by in a blur of work, driving from one place to the other, cleaning, tidying, phone calls, appointments and so on, until we finally fall into an exhausted sleep at the end of the day. Long-term, this will not do any of us any good at all. We all need a break now and then. And that week or fortnight that most of us manage once a year is probably not enough if we rush around frantically for the other 50+ weeks. We need to look at our list of what must be done, long and hard, and work out if some of it is really necessary, if we could get help with it, or if we are creating unnecessary stress by our own perfectionism, our own demands of ourselves.
We also need to look at that list of the good things, the things which make us feel alive, nurturing our inner selves. How can we fit more of that into our lives? If you have a regular yoga and meditation practice, congratulations – you are helping to look after both your physical and mental wellbeing. If you used to have a regular practice, which has fallen by the wayside due to the other demands on your time – well, we’ve all been there. If you used to listen to positive, uplifting music, walk in the countryside or by the sea, and no longer do that, think how you could fit that into your day. Maybe the whole world won’t fall apart if you have a few minutes out of each day, or a few hours out of each week to do the things which help you to feel good. Maybe, just maybe, you will find that all your other duties seem easier to accomplish, that you achieve more and better by taking that time out. And maybe you will be an awful lot happier, more relaxed, more vibrant , and more able to deal with the undoubted challenges of everyday life.