Hello and welcome to the third edition of my mindfulness blog in this series. Last week we looked at mindfulness and productivity – today we are looking at mindfulness and having time off.
If you read my blog from last week you will be aware as to how scheduling your time off is a must and how our time off can actually lead to increased productivity during the week.
Having time off is a must. Everything in the universe must work in balance and once this balance is tipped, a whole lot of negative consequences can happen. But you don’t need me to tell you this, do you? Actually, you might need to read this blog. A lot of people understand why we need to have balance in our lives. However, a lot of people also don’t understand how we achieve this balance.
I’m not saying that mindfulness is the answer to all our questions; however it is certainly a step in the right direction. Like I said in my last blog, we need to schedule our time off. We also need to be organised with our time off – we need to know what we’re doing, whether that is meeting up with friends or having a full day in front of Netflix in our pyjamas! The reason as to why I’m saying this is because it is very easy for us to get caught up in external events around us and sometimes our free time can be compromised. This means that when Monday comes around again we are already burnt out!
So what does this mean? It means that we need to be assertive and to say no in life. At times, we do need to put ourselves first because ironically once we can learn to look after ourselves, we can become better at taking care of others. This also means that during the week, when people need us, we can be there for them because we have allowed room in our lives to do so.
We have all heard the saying that life is too short. I agree with this. One of the ways in which I look at things is that I don’t want any regrets when I am on my deathbed. I know that this sounds dramatic, but it is very true. Life can be fragile and it is our responsibility to make the most of it when we can. I want to build memories with my friends and family so that I can look back on these memories and say that I was happy. I do not want to look back on my life to realise that I spent most it chasing targets and deadlines.
Of course we have to work and of course we always going to have those targets and deadlines. Which is why having time off is really important. And I don’t just mean being passive with your free time. This is where mindfulness comes into play. Once we are present, and we devote our full attention to our free time, we will value and enjoy it more so! I don’t know about you, but I want to enjoy my time off free from distractions, which is why I organise my time, like I said last week, in order for this to happen.
So try it! What are you waiting? I know you want to live a happy and fulfilled life and maybe being organised and practising mindfulness will lead you one step closer to this?
Have a think about what I’ve said and if you practice this and find it beneficial then please send your comments to me! I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Until next time,
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