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10 minutes, what could you possibly do with 10 minutes a day. Everything. That is what. The most important thing to do though? Yourself. No, not like that, get your mind out of the gutter, though I guess that is self care as well.
This is all about you though. You work all day, do chores, run errands, make lists, do side hustles, go crazy with the never ending amount of tasks you and others give.
So, 10 minutes, sure you can’t watch a movie in 10 minutes (or can you… there are some great short films that clock in well under 10 minutes.) or get deep into a new game to immerse yourself for hours, days, weeks, or even really into a good book (listen, it takes me almost 10 minutes to read a page or two some days).
So, what can you do? What can you do for 10 minutes, to break up the monotony, to recharge, to clear the fog?
Well, the possibilities are endless, but endless is overwhelming and you’ll spend 10 minutes trying to think of all the things to do. So, from someone with ADHD, I will break down the 5 things I do. The 5 go-to things, to break up, recharge, and break through.
No, scrolling mindlessly on social media isn’t one, no dopamine demons here.
This is always a goto for me. If you don’t know how, you don’t know what to do, or feel like you don’t have time. Just do this one:
Mindfulness is really a big part of self care and a great way to recenter and recharge and get back to it with refreshed eyes.
Meditation not a thing for you? Ok, I got you.
This is a favorite of mine. You don’t have to go crazy on this one. But, if you have a routine when you make a cup of your favorite beverage, some… tea… some… coffee… some both. You actually have a ritual around it and you might not even know it.
Creating a cup of tea in the afternoon is my time to step away from the computer, and think about the simple process of making tea. Getting water, boiling it, getting my tea bags ready, pouring the water, watching the tea steep, then taking that first sip.
I use it as a mid-day reset. That is all that matters in that 10 minutes, making and enjoying that first sip of tea.
This one is funny, because we do it all the time without noticing it. On the phone, in meetings, everywhere except when we should do it. So, pull out a pad, set a timer (trust me on this one) for 10 minutes and the thing that is on your mind is now going to go to the pen, pencil, whatever you have. Start drawing lines, scribbles, shapes that you feel with that thought in mind. When you keep going and your timer is up, look at the drawing you made, take a deep breath, and release it. You got it out! And you didn’t have to yell or scream.
You don’t have to go for a walk, you don’t have to exercise, you don’t have to be barefoot, you don’t even have to be in nature. You just have to go outside.
Go outside, take a deep breath and listen. Sit in the sun if it is Sunny. However, you can just go out and listen to the sound of the wind, birds, bugs, cars, people, anything. Don’t decipher them, just notice them, breathing nice and deep the whole time.
10 minutes will fly by, but as you notice the little things, listening to them, acknowledging them, and appreciating them, you’ll feel your heart rate slow down and feel at peace.
It’s a great reset.
This one is harder for me, because some of my favorite songs are over 10 minutes long. Seriously, here is one of my favorite songs of all time:
I will still put the song on, because 12 minutes is still ok! It doesn’t HAVE to be 10 exact, so plus or minus on something like this is fine.
When you listen to your favorite song, either on a stereo (who has one of those anymore), theatre speakers (Seriously, I have THX rated sound for my work computer, because I love sounds), or really nice headphones/earbuds, something happens in your brain.
Music really is a drug, it will facilitate memories of the first time you heard the song, the feelings it invokes, and it will just make you feel good! (Even depressing emo music, I still get hyped hearing Bleeding Mascara from Atreyu, yeah screamo, I listen to it, wanna fight about it?)
But, it’s a beautiful feeling and it brings your energy up! You’re gonna finish up and head onto your next task with vigor.
You see, that was simple and easy. I gave you 5 things and, 4 things if you “aren’t into meditation”.
But, in reality, you ARE into Meditation.
These are all forms of meditation and all are helpful in their own ways. You are going to feel rejuvenated and reset mentally to face whatever was having you miffed before.
I hope you have a great day and are ready to move ahead in your productivity and creativity!
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