It has been said that some of the most creative breakthroughs come after a period of rest. In fact, many people return to work after a vacation, more engaged and passionate, ready to take their productivity to new heights. Some people retreat to the spa, others the ski hill – whatever your muse it’s critical to prioritize downtime.
If you’ve been feeling blah, meh or underwhelmed, it’s time to think about indulging in some well-needed self-care. Artist and writer Ashleigh Brilliant said, “Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.”
At Mint, we endorse complete rests to regenerate our creative souls. Depending on our output, we may require more or less. Sometimes we fuel projects on ideas, coffee and adrenaline alone, which always deliver beautiful results, but sometimes at the expense of our health. Take it from us, take time for you.
Our world is extremely accessible, which is great if you need to reach your aunt in China or your son in Nepal; but sometimes we are too accessible. Work bleeds into family life and social media steals time from sleep. Try spending one day per month without your phone or at very least your notifications turned on.
If you journal, set reminders, use Sticky Notes or a wall calendar (it’s okay, we don’t judge), schedule in some self-love. Get a massage or go for a float. Get your yoga on or take a meditation class. Consider the time spent an investment in you.
Organize. I am guilty of putting off what is not a priority until I have more time. What can happen though is that you have a stack of emails that need your attention, papers to be filed, laundry to put away, seasonal items to box up – all of which can weigh you down. Free your mind of mental clutter and your world; it will open space for you to let more of your light shine.
Do more of what makes you happy. If you’re passionate about cooking, then browse through the grocery store scouring the aisles for unique ingredients. Read recipes; go wine tasting with a friend or take a hike with your pooch. Run, spin or read your way to a smile.
And lastly, snuggle. Seriously. Love the people who fill your heart up with joy, touch their little faces, hug a friend, go back to bed with your person. Connect with your heart, share your energy with your tribe and give people you love the gift of your touch.
Happy all things self-love. Now start a list of the many things you have in your life to be thankful for, block out time for you and break free from the mundane.