I took some time to read this afternoon for almost an hour.
I'm trying to get away from calling it a "guilty" pleasure by taking off the word guilty.
Why is it that when we do something we enjoy, we feel guilty about it?
I know I'm guilty of this (cue the groan), because I often feel like I should be doing something else. I could be cleaning the house, washing a load of laundry, paying bills, or any number of other things that make it appear as if I'm busy.
When we sit down to do something we enjoy, we think of it as something we get to do once in a great while.
I would like to challenge that thinking. I feel as if we should do something we enjoy everyday. The problem is we don't often think about what it is we enjoy.
So, I would like you to stop reading this blog post right now and go make a list of 10 things you enjoy doing. I'm not kidding, go do it. I will still be here when you get back.
You're stuck, aren't you? You don't remember the last time you had 10-15 minutes to yourself, so you have no idea what to put on the list. Here are some ideas to get you jump started:
1. Read a book.
3. Go for a soak in the tub.
4. Make yourself a hot cup of tea and just sit down to enjoy it.
5. Watch an episode of one of your favorite sitcoms on Netflix.
6. Lie down and listen to music you enjoy, or relish the peace and quiet.
9. Go for a walk.
10. Work on a craft project.
Now that you have your list, put it where you will see it daily.
And don't give me the excuse that you never have time for yourself.
Yes, you do.
You just have to find it in unlikely places. Keep a book in your car, backpack, briefcase, or purse. If you find yourself waiting at a child's sports practice or at the doctor's office, that's prime reading time. If you like to write, keep a journal with you and do that instead.
Get up 15 minutes before everyone else in the morning and do one thing on your list each day.
In the evening when you've finally gotten the little ones off to bed and you're ready to drop, drop yourself into the tub for a soak.
Just give yourself a break and stop feeling guilty about it. Doing something for yourself everyday not only lifts your spirits and gives you a more positive outlook, but it also has positive benefits for those around you. When you're happier, there's a tendency for it to subconsciously rub off on others.
By making your world a happier place, you're making the world outside of you happy as well.
And that's nothing to feel guilty about.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.