What can you do with 15 minutes? 15 minutes may not sound like much, but it could be the perfect amount of time.
Often, I will set a kitchen timer for 15 minutes to tackle a small project on my to-do list.
What are the most important 15 minutes of your day?
I’ll give you a hint. It’s all about YOU!!!
If you’re like the rest of us, you work (in or out of the house) and have a family. Plus, you have laundry, cooking, cleaning, and errands. I’m sure you have other family obligations as well. Maybe your kids have activities that have you running around town. There are so many things competing for your time and attention. It’s called real life.
Real life is what takes up the bulk of your time. Real life is real.
Real life can zap you of your mental and physical energy, leaving you with nothing left for the very people you’re working so hard for every day.
If you are a wife and mother, you have obligations and people counting on you. When you have people counting on you, whether it’s your family or your co-workers, you can’t do anything well if you aren’t taking care of yourself.
What do you do just for you?
Whatever you do, just for YOU, is the most important part of your day.
I call it “recharging my batteries”. I need a few minutes to just turn off my brain. Not think about anything important.
We all need it and we all deserve it.
If you have more than 15 minutes, that’s wonderful. You are my hero!!! But, I’m guessing 15 minutes is about all you have or can spare, on most days.
If I don’t get about 15 minutes to turn my mind off, I’m completely useless. I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s the truth.
Here are a few things you can do with that precious 15 minutes to recharge your batteries.
Nap ~ There are people who NEVER nap!! I have a best friend like that. She can work on very little sleep. I am not one of those people. I need my sleep. I don’t sleep 12 hours a day, but I need a decent night’s sleep, otherwise I am worthless during the day. There aren’t many days that I don’t shut my eyes for just 10-15 minutes. I need to shut off. After a few minutes, I’m good to go for the rest of the day.
Prayer ~ I start each day with prayer. It gets my day off on the right foot. But there are days when you need a boost in the middle of the day. Time to center yourself and think about what it’s all about. Prayer or a short devotional like this one could be the way to do just that.
Exercise ~ Ideally we need more than 15 minutes of exercise, but sometimes what you need is a just a few minutes to blow off some steam. Wake up and get that adrenaline pumping. Exercise could be your answer. Go for a walk, even if it’s just around the house. Jumping jacks or lift some small weights. Do something good for your body and your mind at the same time. Here’s another article I wrote about exercising,
Read ~ Reading is a great way to turn off your brain and escape. You might only have time for one chapter, but it’s a terrific way to destress and take your mind off things like work or bills.
Call a friend or your husband ~ My husband can usually take my mind off things, make me laugh, or just distract me. A short phone call or a short texting break can distract me and get me refocused.
Play cards ~ In a time when everyone does everything on their phone, try to pick up an actual deck of cards. Put the device down, give your eyes and neck a break and learn a game. It’s good exercise for your mind and your dexterity.
Pinterest or Puzzles – Both of these are mindless. They take your mind off your work. Puzzles like these and these are a super way to relax and exercise your brain. Try a new trend on Pinterest (Whole30 Diet), plan a trip (maybe to the mountains), or a DYI project (upcycle an antique into a light fixture for your kitchen).
It doesn’t really matter what you do for your 15 minutes, just find something that helps you shut off and gives your brain a much-needed break.
Remember what the flight attendants say when they go thru the preflight safety briefing; “Put the oxygen mask on yourself first.” You are no good to anyone if you’re not strong, rested and recharged.
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