Today has been another milestone for me. I’ve joined the team of writers contributing to the Wise & Shine blog and have shared my first post over there just now.
In my post I explore the practice of duvet days, suggesting that we should bring them out of the employment arena and using them ourselves to really take control and care for ourselves and our mental health.
From a HR teaching perspective, we used to talk about duvet days – I wonder if thats what I did on Sunday morning (yesterday) as I grabbed myself a duvet day where I put everything on hold to give myself some loving self-care, time to relax and recharge my batteries.
We talk a lot about the need for self-care, looking after our mental and physical health. One thing I am sure of is that my mentality towards Sunday morning’s duvet day session was something I just did – its not until I sat reflecting as I wrote, that its the first time I’ve taken time out without feeling the need to justify it or having to persuade myself its something I need.
A couple of hours later I was up, but still in my pjs, writing a reflective piece that became this post, I wonder if this is turning into a mental health home spa, if so I wonder what I’ll get up to next – put some essential oils in a burner and curl up with a good book, and maybe go for a stroll around the local park.
The to-do list I had for my day is still there but it can (and most of it did) wait until I’m finished dealing with my mental health to do list. The reality is not doing my to do list will stress me out, so no doubt, I will address the items at some point. But meantime, I enjoyed my ‘duvet morning’ and some mental health pampering. I wanted to hold onto the feeling of calm, contentment that had me cocooned in my bed waiting until I was ready to get up rather than getting up because I was awake.
I guess what this has all reminded me is mindfulness; how if we really take the time to listen to our bodies, they will tell us what they want and need.
Long live duvet day moments.
You can read my post on Wise & Shine here to find out more about duvet days.
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