So here I was thinking that I was going to be graduating this coming fall, and then I go and do something stupid like pick a new major which will push it until Spring 2016. Obviously I am completely going crazy over here! I just knowingly signed up for more school. Lets hope I don't regret this in like a day. I am not going to crazy though. I still have the same base major (Human Development and Family Studies), but I am changing my emphasis from Child Life to Early Childhood Education. This is in hopes of one day being able to teach preschool. One of my classes this semester is helping out in the universities preschool, and I am already obsessed. It is such a fun age, and their creativity is through the roof. It just makes me HAPPY!
So here I am trying out something new. That video has all sorts of wonderful advice to give, but my favorite was about taking time to take a break. Basically what Tal suggests is that anytime you do an hour of work you should be taking a 50 minute break to focus on yourself. This could be anything from taking a yoga class, meditating, taking a bath, or reading your favorite book. What it shouldn't be is checking every social media site that exists or staring at a screen (I personally am not counting tv towards this, because for me being able to watch an episode of my favorite tv show is a great stress reliever. Checking how many likes you have on Instagram isn't).
I decided to give it a try today after doing some homework for an hour. I decided to make myself lunch, take my dog for a walk, and write thank you notes. I can't even describe how great I felt after spending 50 minutes doing things that I WANTED to do instead of doing things I thought I needed to do. It made a significant difference in my overall happiness and attitude about the day.. and this was only the first time!
Now I know that this isn't something that I can do after every hour of work. Some days are just busier than others, and it just isn't possible to fit in 50 minutes of free-time after each one. However, I think it is definitely possible to fit it in at least once a day, so that is going to be my goal. I am going to find a time to fit 50 minutes of "me" time in my day every day this year (and hopefully forever more). If I have the time to do it more than once I am obviously going to take that opportunity up, but my minimum goal is once a day. I really feel like this will help in my goal to achieve an overall greater sense of happiness and satisfaction in my life.
What do you guys think? Is this something you could add into your own daily lives? Is it worth it? What are some things you would do if you had a little "me" time?
*if you are interested in watching Tal Ben-Shahar's lecture you can find it here
*image via pinterest