You can afford to do this!
Those 15 minutes you are so eager to kill can actually be just what you need to help you bring more positivity to your life. Here’s my top 10 (and why I enjoy it):
- Phone a friend/relative. It’s so easy to send someone an e-mail, or a text. Sometimes giving those you love a call even if it is just for a few minutes can be a very fulfilling experience. I know for me it is!
- Journaling. Writing is a very therapeutic experience for me. Writing has numerous benefits but my favorite is probably that fact that is encourages contemplation, which can be insightful and relaxing.
- Practice a skill. Practice makes perfect. Every minute counts. My husband and I practice our Spanish for a few minutes very often and it really does help us improve our Spanish! You know what they say, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.”
- Help someone. This is quite easy to do especially if you are at work. Instead of killing time looking at cat videos (ok, they’re a little fun to watch) do a walk around the office and see if you can lend your colleague a hand with anything. They’ll appreciate you and you’ll feel good about doing it.
- Go for a walk. Walking in general (and any physical activity) can be good for your overall health. Even 15 minutes can be relaxing and a moment to melt stress off.
- Disconnect from technology. Sometimes it feels good to just disconnect from everything, especially from technology. My eyes can get glued to the screen sometimes and I can miss out on so much life from being so caught up in my technology. Power off, and reset.
- Think about a goal you’d like to meet for the day. For those that already do this, good for you. I love breaking down projects into daily “steps”. Instead of looking at one huge project that needs to be done, chunking it down into daily goals makes it much more enjoyable and stress-free. This also works with studying, research, writing, etc.
- Read. Ah, the lost art of reading (though, it is alive and well for some of us). Reading can be a very relaxing experience. I read often for leisure, but literature and learning has always been one of my passions. When life gets very busy, I still make it a point to incorporate leisurely reading into my daily routine, even if it is for 15 minutes. I like to keep a variety of books and magazines on my nightstand to help me unwind, and of course expand my vocabulary and critical thinking abilities. Gotta stay sharp! In only 15 minutes per day, yes please.
- Treat yourself to an at home spa-ahhhh day. If i’m at home and i’ve got a few minutes to spare I love to take an opportunity to apply a facial mask and turn on beach sounds as I lounge. It definitely is a positive and relaxing experience that is my easy way of refreshing myself for the day. This is probably a weekend only thing for me, but definitely apropos on any day of the week.
- Write a thank you card. I am a huge fan of hand-written letters, cards, and notes. It can mean so much more when you say “Thank You” by actually writing it out on a nice card. If I have some downtime in the morning as I get ready for the day I like to recall something nice someone has done for me and I’ll write out a thank you note, instead of sending a simple text. It adds a nice touch and it always makes others feel special. 15 minutes well spent!
How do you spend an extra 15 minutes? What are some things you do to keep the positive vibes buzzing? Sound off in the comments below!