This morning, I went to a coffee shop and sat down and read a book.
Now, this is unusual for me to do. However, due to a broken coffee maker, I found myself without coffee and the patience to fiddle with it. So, I took it as an opportunity to check out all of my local coffee shops.
This morning’s choice was a coffee shop around the corner from where I worked.
I bought my book with me, and curled up in a corner with it. And, for about an hour, the world disappeared and I read over 60 pages of my book. I left the coffee shop a half of an hour later feeling completely refreshed. And, I got my caffeine fix. It was a win-win for everyone.
It was then I realized the importance of self-care and taking those little moments for ourselves.
I don’t know about you all, but whenever I am running around like a chicken with its’ head cut off, I often just want to be home with Netflix. Don’t we all? However, what I always forget to even think about was the little moments for ourselves.
Reading in a coffee shop for a half of an hour was one of those little moments.
While I continued on my day, I began to think about it. Instead of focusing on how much I wanted a whole block of time to do what I wanted to do – watching Netflix from the comfort of my house – maybe I should try to block out a half of an hour of ‘me’ time. Like read in a coffee shop.
Chances are, that tiny block helped me clear my mind before the end of the day.
For me, my moment of selfcare was reading in a coffee shop. But, for you, it may be going for a walk. Or, getting a manicure, something my mom treasured. Or, even some yoga.
Whatever it is, let’s make a goal of carving a few seconds of time just for us. When you do, the other hours of the day will go by much faster. You’ll be more present, and attack the challenge with an intense of energy. When I did that, my outlook of the day was much more positive.
All this from a pumpkin spice latte. Can you imagine that?