How to nourish the self – the mind and the soul – every day

Today is the day I’ll do all the things that have been piling up.

Hang on – didn’t I say that yesterday too? And the day before?

Would like to be able to say it, and get it done, too. Run 1000 miles an hour. Achieve the lot.

Pressure is building up: There is much that needs to be done, and it feels like I do have to run 1000 miles an hour to do it all.

That’s what Greg does – and he still doesn’t get everything done.

Here is what he wrote in a response to one of the daily updates:

“I wanted to let you know that your emails are great. If nothing else it stops me from working, 1,000 miles an hour, on what everyone else wants of me. I read your emails because that is what I want. It gives me a perspective on things that I don’t come across in running my business.

“I know what it is like not to tick every box on the list of things to do. […]

“When I want to concentrate a bit less on what everyone else wants from me, and want to make a bit more time for myself, I know where to find you and will. It will be a positive step. Only to make some more time for me! Maybe that is what I need to focus on for now. But you know, a business, 3 kids, life; etc etc etc has me well and truly occupied for now….”

Thank you Greg!

It warms my heart when I hear that these tales have a positive effect on people.

Taking time out for yourself – even if it is only 5 minutes a day – is so valuable.

It’s the first step towards nourishing yourself emotionally, mentally and/or spiritually.

Such ways to take time out for yourself could be:

  • Place a photo of your loved ones on your desk, sit back occasionally and look at it
  • Buy a plant for your office and groom it daily
  • Stand up and give your body a good stretch
  • At lunch time go to the park, or for a walk around the block

The possibilities are endless, really.

What 5 minute thing are you doing regularly to look after yourself?

Please reply to this email and tell me about it.

Of course, the world around us gets faster and faster. Other people’s expectations of us get more demanding – if we let them.

Sometimes it feels like no matter how hard we try, we’ll never catch up. Again, if we let it.

So when you reach that point, doing something for yourself that’s a bit stronger than a 5 minute break, is a good idea.

When you’re ready for that big positive step towards making real time for yourself, you know where to find me.