What do you
do when you finally manage to squeeze in some personal time? What will lift your
spirits and renew yourself? Here are some renewing ideas for you:
List your 20 favorite things to do and plan at least 10 of them.
Go to the make-up counter and try on some of the new make-up. Then buy yourself
a little treat.
Plan something fun to look forward to every evening.
Take time to laugh with some comic books or rent a comedy.
Take a bubble bath. Light some candles and turn on some soothing music. Put on
a face mask, deep condition your hair or just close your eyes and relax. After
your bath, wrap yourself in a cozy, terry cloth robe.
Write your autobiography. I'll bet you will find you have had a pretty interesting
Plan to watch
the sunrise every day this week.
Every week or every month review your list of goals. See what you have accomplished
and congratulate yourself. Then see where you can improve on some goals. Decide
what changes you need to make that will help you be more effective.
Do something that requires boldness- Learn to sail or draw, go rafting, hike a
mountain. Do what you think you can't.
Write a mission statement. This is just a statement of what you want to do, who
your want to be, and your purpose. The
Covey Homepage has a wonderful Mission Statement Builder.
Take a nap. Naps are allowed for those of us over three, too.
Go to the movies or rent a movie to watch alone with no interruptions.
Listen to some music while
lying on the couch, sing to your favorite CD's, or play an instrument. I love
your cat, play with your dog, watch your fish, love your pet.
Take up a new hobby or
renew an old one. Gardening, line dancing, model building.
Do something creative. Write, bake, paint, sculpt.
Move your body. Dance, bike ride, aerobics, ski, shoot baskets.
Meditate, pray or just be silent.
In her book Simple Abundance Sarah Ban Breathnach suggests making an illustrated
discovery journal. This is a sketchbook where you paste pictures you cut out of
magazines, quotes, postcards of things you love. The purpose is so you become
closer to understanding what it is you truly enjoy. Here is my journey on the
Simple Abundance Path.
Write in a journal. You don't just have to put in days events, you can write your
goals, do character sketches of people you know, do journal
exercises, or make a dream journal to record your nighttime dreams.
aloud. Affirmations are statements you want to come true. i.e. "I am a confident,
a collection. I love to wash and rearrange my unicorn collection.
letters. But, only personal correspondence if you enjoy it.
This personally makes me frustrated rather than relaxed. But, my mother in law
loves to sit and crochet.
an idea file or notebook of anything that interests you. Ads from the paper, magazine
articles, things off the internet.
a bookstore or another store. Window shop. Go at your own pace.
a trip down memory lane. Reread old journals and love letters, look through old
pictures, leaf through your scrapbooks. If you don't have any of these memory
makers, why don't you start one?
to the library. Read some magazines. Check out some books on subjects you always
wanted to learn.
cards, a computer game or do a crossword puzzle or word game.
a walk. A walk in nature is especially therapeutic. Pay attention to the colors
of the trees, smell the air, thank God for his magnificence.
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Beth Dargis helps the overwhelmed to create saner, simpler lives. For free monthly declutter Calendar and Weekly Simplicity Tips visit: http://www.mysimplerlife.com. This article is Copyright © 2005 by Beth Dargis, Zeeland MI. To send feedback or request reprint permission (usually granted free of charge), please contact