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Holi-hour Tuesday May 28, 2013

When is the last time you gave yourself a holiday? Not a vacation, but a day that, according to my dictionary, is a "day on which work is suspended; a day of recreation and amusement".

Theoretically, we had the most recent in the UK on Bank Holiday Monday, and yes, I took time out with my family to visit a castle where they were having a Medieval Day. It was great fun.

But it wasn't really a day on which work was suspended because, in addition to running my own business, I am also Mummy. So the day of recreation and amusement at the castle was also rather hard work packing up lunch, organising two children and supervising them all day.

A concept to which I was introduced recently was the idea of giving yourself a "holi-hour"; just one hour in which you suspend work and take that time to do something which fulfils you and gives you joy.

Would you go for a leisurely walk in the park and watch the birds and squirrels? Would you find a quiet corner and curl up with a good book? One of my friends says that she would love to give her bathroom that deep cleaning she's been longing to, but never has the time. Hey, whatever works for you!

The point is that taking just one hour away from your normal routine provides real refreshment for your spirit. It gives you increased energy and resilience when you return. And couldn't we all do with more of that!

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fionaran Tue, May 28th 2013 @ 9:40am

What a lovely idea.
Proper relaxation and doing nothing is good for the soul.It is sad if the only time I get to do nothing is when I am too tired or actually ill.

June Tue, May 28th 2013 @ 9:43am

Good advice without being prescriptive, excellent thank you :-)

Anonymous Tue, May 28th 2013 @ 9:46am

Perhaps it's 'an hour a day' keeps the doctor
away, aswell as feeding the spirit. I sometimes know that stopping
my own activities even for a minute, to ponder
and 'mindfully' breath is beneficial, and I hope most employers at work wouldn't crack a whip over this ?

Susan Carroll Tue, May 28th 2013 @ 10:10am

I started having mental health problems a couple of years ago. I have been unable to work for most of this time. However, with children and a partner, the work at home goes on regardless. I now take what I call my "headspace" time regularly, I try and get some time most days. This is as necessary as food and water to me and I know that not doing it has such detrimental effects on me that everyone in the house suffers. In the beginning, I used to feel guilty, as if I was being lazy, because the society we live in puts so much value on doing all the time. Now, I don't feel guilty handing over to my partner and saying I am off for some head space, I have expanded it and at least once a month, I leave for a night, to maybe go and stay with a friend I havent seen for a while or one of my sisters! The funny thing is since I have started saying to other women what I do, it's like I am giving them permission that it is ok to take some time for yourself and more and more women in my circle are starting to do it too!

Anonymous Tue, May 28th 2013 @ 9:38pm

You mention you have a family, unfortunately I don't have that so I end up doing things on my own which isn't really positive and doesn't make me feel good

Martin Thu, May 30th 2013 @ 9:02pm

@Anon - listen to The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle if you've not already. It may help you enjoy that time alone, or at least see it from a new perspective.

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