Can you believe we’re half way through the challenge already? How are you getting on with it? Don’t worry if you’re ‘behind’, you’ve plenty of time to catch up – you have lifetime access after all.
This might be a 10 day challenge, but the prompts are things that we can bring into every day of the year.
Today’s prompt is to set aside some time for a mini self date (if you’re lucky enough to have the entire day to yourself, then you can really go to town).
I’m not giving you any rules, but I am going to gently suggest that you set your phone to airplane mode and spend the time connecting with yourself. Disconnect from the virtual world, free from the pinging and flashing of message indicators; give yourself time to recalibrate your nervous system and just enjoying spending time with the most important person in your life – YOU!
This date can be anything you want it to – you can take yourself off to a favourite coffee shop, go and explore a local beauty spot, take yourself off to a museum or art gallery, jump in a ball pool if the mood takes you! Maybe you’ll jump on a bus or train and just see where it takes you.
Whatever you choose to do, revel in the time, and use all of your senses to really connect with the world around you.
Experiment with how you carry yourself: if you normally hurry along with your head down, try slowing down, hold your head up and wear a smile. If you normally saunter along, try speeding up.
Experiment with different ways of being you in the world. See how you feel and adjust accordingly.
Remember: you’re discovering yourself anew, you’re learning to sense what makes you feel more alive and vibrant; what makes your cells tingle with excitement and anticipation.
If you want (or need) to stay at home, make sure you don’t get sucked into chores, do something purely for you. Something you really love to do but have perhaps neglected lately.
Perhaps you’re a crafter – in which case you might like to make yourself a gift of some sort.
Maybe you could snuggle up with a comforting hot drink and a journal, and write a deliciously descriptive entry about what you would do on your ideal date with yourself.
You might look at your home with new eyes – notice how the light lands on certain objects or areas.
Tune in and listen for any sounds that are usually drowned out by the everyday noises of home.
Consider the textures around you – which ones do you really love? Are there any that irritate you?
However you choose to spend this mini date, make it all about you and no one else. This is not selfishness, this is self-fullness – the art of filling up your tank so you’re not running on empty.