Sometimes, when we go through challenging times it is hard to switch off. We carry worries on our shoulders and the more we do it, the harder it is for us to cope with them. This activity encourages you to take a break and give yourself some “me” time, which will hopefully revitalise you and allow you to regain the necessary energy to keep going.
You are asked to set aside 20 minutes of vacation/holiday every day for a week (Lyubomirsky, 2007). During this time, do what makes you happy, something that puts a smile on your face, be it reading a book, listening to music and whatever else rocks your boat. Make sure that it is a different activity every day, so that boredom will not kick in. During this time, allow yourself to let go of your worries, even if it is just temporary. Just live in a moment, doing what you love doing for 20 min.
This simple activity is not much to ask for, yet you may be reaping the rewards for a long time. This is also a valuable skill to teach children, as it shows them that when we are going through difficult times, which may evoke a lot of guilt, shame and other negative emotions, it is ok to take a break from it and feel good, even if it is just for a short while.
Lyubomirsky, S. (2007). The “how” of happiness. New York: Penguin.
Have you tried this activity? If so, please share your experience.