Last year I was very good at turning off the computer at 2.30pm and meditating for half an hour before the school run started. It was a great way to end the working day and transition into mum mode. So why did I stop?
1) I got busy and needed the extra time.
2) I completed my mindfulness and meditation course so didn’t have the accountability.
3) I didn’t realise how important that 30 minutes was.
A comment a friend made during a conversation made me realise the importance of that 30 minutes and gave me the push I needed to reinstate it.
Working from home we are very good at juggling home and business life at the same time and never really stopping for breath until all the daily jobs are done, in my case around 9pm.
I realised that when I worked in an office, I had my wind down time on the journey home from work. My daily commute was through beautiful country lanes, where I got to enjoy the changing of the seasons and listening to my favourite albums or the radio (and singing badly along). I also processed my work day and let anything go before I opened the door to have cuddles with my cat and start the next shift.
So my pledge is to remind myself that everyday I need to turn off my computer 30 minutes before school run and enjoy my winding down time.
If meditation isn’t your thing, there are many other options:
1) Make a cuppa and read a book.
2) Go out for a walk and enjoy the glorious seasons.
3) Take the dog out for a walk.
4) Watch a movie in bite size segments.
The list is endless, but I would advise anyone to give it a go. You will feel so much better for it.
“You should sit in meditation for 30 minutes a day, unless you are too busy. Then you should sit for an hour” ~ Zen Proverb