When you try to relax, how long does it take for you to feel your best? How long does it take for you to feel calm, at ease, ready to face the world? Think about it. When you’ve had a long day and you come home from work, how long does it take you to unwind?
Have you ever been overwhelmed from the workday, only to come home and get bombarded by your kids? “Mom, I need you to sign this field trip permission slip!” “I need glue for my art project!” “Mom, mom, MOM!” Maybe you have pleaded with your kiddos during this tirade by saying, “Just give me five minutes.” I know I have. But, can you really recuperate in just five minutes? Or, do you need to devote more time to yourself in these moments?
How long does it take you to become fully engrossed in your favorite hobby or most effective coping skill? All of these rhetorical questions hit on the same theme: Do you understand what it takes (and how long it takes) for you to rest, relax, and reset?
I believe it is important to explore these questions and become familiar with what works best for you. Once you do, you are able to better understand yourself. Then, you will be able to care for yourself in times of stress and overwhelm.
I have discovered that it takes me about 45 minutes to feel fulfilled. I love to go for a 30-minute walk, return home, and do 15 minutes of stretching. With this routine, I feel refreshed. However, when I am able to take a full 45-minute walk followed by stretching and deep breathing, that’s when I truly feel fulfilled, rejuvenated, and whole again.
Considering my 45-minute wellness routine, I realized that this amount of time is sufficient for a lot of things. When I play golf for about 45 minutes, I really start to feel good and get into the groove. When I sit down to read a book (which is hard for me to do being such an active person), I can really drop in if I stick to it for about 45 minutes. When I’m cooking or baking, it takes about 45 minutes to find rejuvenation in the kitchen. Even when I take a power nap...20 minutes of napping, 25 minutes of playing on my phone. Yep - 45 minutes!
How long does it take you to feel whole? How long must you care for yourself to truly feel rejuvenated? Have you ever really thought about it? I wonder what you will discover...
What I have learned: It takes me 45 minutes to recharge my battery. How about you?
Tania Farran is an educator, mom, business owner, and an author. Her blogs tell about balancing all of these things in life! Laugh or cry with her and maybe learn a thing or two.