Be kind, unwind

May 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Organising Space

Burn-outIs this your lot?

It’s the end of the week.  You’ve worked hard all week, juggled responsibilities, duties, requests and demands.  You’ve kept things going, gone without to make ends meet, woken early and stayed up late.  And now it’s the end of the week.  Perhaps there’s still more to do – washing to fold, bills to pay, reports to read, letters to write.  Do you work on into the night to get everything done?  Or..

Let’s face it, there will always be more work to do.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Life is great when you have a sense of purpose.  But life is not only about working hard and getting things done.

Life is also about being kind – to yourself.

I truly believe in building a little bliss into the timetable of every week.  Here are 10 ways to spend just one hour of self-care each week to have you refreshed, renewed and revved up for another week of getting things done.

  • Run the bath, add some bubbles, light a candle and soak the blues away.
  • Pour a glass or cup of your favourite and savour one perfect handmade chocolate, or more.
  • Take a good book to bed. Remember to hang the ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door.
  • Book a pedicure, manicure or massage and enjoy every minute.
  • Go for a stroll, not for the exercise but to feel one with nature, smell fresh air, notice colours, listen to birds.
  • Draw, doodle or paint to your heart’s content. There is no right way to express your creativity.
  • Write a gratitude journal.
  • Play gentle music and meditate, taking deep breaths and letting your thoughts soar.
  • Lose yourself in a crossword or jigsaw puzzle.
  • Spend time reading The Calm Space.


How do you “be kind, unwind”?


3 Responses to “Be kind, unwind”
  1. Chris Owen says:

    Angela some brilliant suggestions here!!
    Thanks for the reminder. Unfortunately i need a nudge like this far too often!!

  2. karen says:

    Angela, I love the photo of the candle burning at both ends! I think that is how a lot of us feel, more often that we’d like, isn’t it?

    I’ve been thinking about your list all week, and today it prompted me to book a facial – winter always dries my skin out and it needs some additional pampering (and I don’t usually make the time) AND I’m going to enjoy every minute!

    Lately I’ve been pulling out my knitting needles for a double-whammy – usefulness (girlfriend’s birthday done and sent today – cardigan for me almost complete) and a form of meditation. Knitting’s very hypnotic and soothing.