I’m doing this new thing called taking care of myself. It’s a trend that’s increasingly gaining popularity with hipsters and those living outside the mainstream. It includes drinking water, regular exercise, and taking time to relax and enjoy the little things.
Today I slept in. I slept past the usual 5am wake up call, until 7am. That’s a whole two extra hours in bed and I feel incredible for it.
It’s a sad world when we can’t make time for ourselves, when even time to wash our hair is deemed a luxury (just look at the money spent on dry shampoo last year alone). Our evenings are lost to our careers: those in a desired position gaining face time with superiors, determined that the more they interact with the bosses, the more quickly they’re likely to progress. The others are working to pay the bills, learning or developing themselves in their spare time, writers burning the candle at both ends, musicians living off copious amounts of caffeine to get the work done.
Even our weekends are no longer ours, we schedule in things to make us feel better, an hour at the gym to work on our bodies, we labor in the kitchen to create culinary masterpieces to please our friends or impress our family. These are camouflaged as down time. Sure sometimes we have to get the chores done, otherwise we’d end up with piles of unwashed socks or dishes so high on the counter that they start to resemble the leaning tower of Pisa, but when we do schedule our down time we need to ensure the day isn’t wasted on activities we don’t enjoy.
Last week I baked a cake for no other reason than I wanted to. It wasn’t to impress anyone and it wasn’t a chore I had to tick off my list, it was for pure enjoyment. I opened my Spotify app and let the calming orchestral wave of Hans Zimmer wash over me as I relaxed.
Relaxing gave my brain the chance to think, to reset itself. The stress from the previous week vanished and I was suddenly on a level playing field once more. It only took an hour out of my day but it changed everything.
Baking may not be your thing, you might have other hobbies that relax you. All I ask is that you give it a try.
Until next time.