I have a an announcement coming up on Monday which goes into a little bit more detail about this, but one of the things I learned at the Summit of Awesome this year was about self care. It’s something I haven’t thought a whole lot about, but I feel like that term puts words to a concept that’s been brewing for me for a while. Whether you’re making your living as an artist, crafter, writer, or at a more typical day job, I think it’s so important to take time to nurture yourself and look at what you really want and what makes you happy.
So, what does this have to do with a lunch break?
I think everything, and I take a lunch break every day, even when I am completely slammed with work. At lunchtime, I put my work aside, fix something delicious to eat, turn on some bad TV, and have lunch in the living room. After eating, I fix a hot coffee or tea and play Words With Friends or solitaire. The whole ritual takes around 30-45 minutes, and it probably sounds a little bit silly, but after lunch I always feel recharged, focused, and able to tackle bigger projects that seemed a little bit daunting before lunchtime.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, and a lunch break might not be the thing that works for you, but I think it’s so important to take some time to let your brain rest and recharge. Maybe for you it’s taking a walk after dinner or sitting on the porch with a cup of tea and a book. Whatever works for you! Taking some time for you might feel a little bit selfish, but I think that nurturing yourself a little bit every day can make you so much stronger in all of the other aspects of your life.
Do any of you guys have daily rituals like this? I’d love to hear what you do to take care of yourselves!