Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Holi-hour

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!