An Hour for Yourself
My favorite time of the day is the early morning hours. I like to wake up when it is still dark outside. After brushing my teeth and getting comfortable, I make my coffee or tea and light some candles. I grab my journal or book, a blanket, and get cozy on the couch.
This morning ritual is one way that I take care of myself and ensure that I am about to have a beautiful day. It nourishes my soul while I enjoy this quiet time. I collect my thoughts, journal, and plan my day.
Spending quality time with yourself each day will ground you.
The moments that I spend taking care of my mental and emotional needs are well spent because this time helps me to focus and be present for the rest of the day. When I neglect nurturing myself in this way, I usually find myself distracted and less productive.
During my morning time, I focus on what I need that day.
I like starting my day by journaling in my Nurture Journal. This helps me to decide what I will focus on for the day. I choose 2-3 things I want to accomplish, plan my meals, my exercise, and check-in emotionally. When I am finished with that, I read my daily 10 pages in a non-fiction book. My day is ready to begin with clarity and focus.
Having this quiet time also allows me time to think.
Sometimes it is nice just to sit in the dark and think. The candlelight feels so comforting. Once the day gets started, it is so easy to become distracted and it is difficult to allow any creative thinking to happen. I surprise myself often when I come up with an idea for my business or for a project that is challenging.
Any part of the day can be dedicated to some personal time.
If mornings are not your thing, no problem. Afternoons and evenings work just as well for taking an hour to yourself. Midday might offer a nice break to get refocused and relaxed; evening time can help you to unwind after a long day. It does not matter when you spend your quiet time. You will feel the benefits from this experience any time of day.
Think about what you need during your hour of quiet.
Do you need to clear your head? Meditate. Do you need to regroup your tasks? Work on your planner. Do you need to escape from your job? Read some fiction. Do you need to hydrate? Drink some water.
Take this time to take care of you. Ask yourself what you need most and then meet those needs during your personal hour. We all have 24 hours a day, so take one for yourself!
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