Yesterday, when I wrote about the Healthy Mind Platter, my sister left this comment (thank goodness for sisters who read my blog):
I do not have enough time for half of those, but we already knew I didn't have a healthy mind, right?
Thanks for the comment, LeAnne, and I’ve thought about it a lot since. Not about her lack of a “healthy mind,” because I happen to think that she is brilliant, but more about her lack of time. She is a very busy lady right now…full-time work, part-time school, husband, 3 kids, church service. So how does LeAnne, or any of get mentally healthy when we run in circles all day long just trying to hold our lives together?
I know that time is a huge factor for all of us in any aspect of getting healthy, but I do think it is possible to find a bit of time every day to devote to being happy. As with all healthy changes, it has to become a part of how we live our lives every day. Easier said than done for me…and maybe you, too. So, with time as a key factor, here are a few ideas for incorporating the 7 daily mental activities into your schedule…
Focus Time: jobs and daily tasks; part of your time in this area should be devoted to challenging yourself.
Play Time: play with your kids, sing in the car or shower, add a new spice to your meal, take a new route home from work, light some candles, read something funny; just do something different than normal.
Connecting Time: sit down and really listen to someone, make a phone call, pillow talk before bed, take a walk, open your windows, dig in the dirt, pick a flower.
Physical Time: housework, shopping, gardening, exercise…something you enjoy.
Time In: pray, meditate, ponder, yoga, shower, bath, breathe.
Down Time: take a real lunch break, read, tv, Solitaire, lay in the sun, swing, stare out the window.
Sleep Time: create a nighttime routine and a bed time, take a nap, get up at the same time.
What else? Any suggestions you have or anything you do that keeps you mentally healthy and happy? Any areas you are working on?