How To Give Yourself A Break, No Matter How Much Time You Have

We all yearn for a vacation. And while your dream destination (the Greek Isles, South Africa, Bora Bora…ahhh) may be just that – a dream – it doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a break. So, whether you have 1 hour or 1 minute, take advantage of these tips from Lynn Zavaro, author of The Game of You. And, well, if you do have the ability to plan an international rendezvous… get on that stat!

If you have 1 hour… Drop everything, turn off all technology and use this hour for some solid “me” time. Tell yourself for this hour you will do nothing except “be.” Spend it doing what you enjoy: Settle into the couch, pour yourself a cup of tea and read a good book. Go shopping and get yourself a new dress for spring. Get a massage or go to a yoga class. Whatever you choose to do, remember to ask yourself, “What if there was nothing else for me to do right now except enjoy and be?”

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If you have 30 minutes… Take a brisk walk and find the nature that surrounds you. Nature connects us to the space in our mind. Focus your attention on the beauty that surrounds you as you mindfully walk. Ask yourself (without trying to change it or judge it), “How do I feel in nature? Do I feel more peace or uncomfortable and why?”

If you have 15 minutes: Try meditating. Find an upright chair and sit with a straight spine, feet firmly on the ground with your palms resting on your thighs. Close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths. Focus on all that you are grateful for in your life. Then, send a wish for happiness to those closest to you, your parents, a mentor, a person you don’t know but passed in your day, a difficult person, the whole world and end with yourself.

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If you have 10 minutes: Write in a stream-of-consciousness fashion. Get out your pen, start a timer and go! Don’t edit, don’t cross out, just get the pen moving. The point is to meet the present moment fully within yourself. Begin with these words: If I really let myself take a break and ease up on myself I would….

If you have 5 minutes: Play The Game of You where you’ll draw cards with tool suggesting ways to positively create change in your life.

If you have 1 minute: Say this mantra to yourself when your mind is full of “shoulds”, when you feel extra pressure to get something done immediately or in a certain way or with a certain end result: So what, who cares, big deal, why not? Feel this deeply and receive the freedom it gives you.

10 simple ways to make any day happier!