Thursday, October 21, 2010
Do you allow yourself "me" time? Time that you get to be by yourself and do whatever it is to relax, whether that is meditating, reading a book, yoga or praying. Sanoviv recommends to their patients that you give yourself at least 20 minutes each day to relax and focus on something you enjoy, but that is not time in front of the television. Television is a stimulus. Although I fall asleep watching it frequently on weekends, it is recommended that you never turn the TV on right before you go to bed, because it stimulates you.
"Me" time is important for you to focus on positive, inspiring things. Reading a personal development book, the Bible or something that is very positive would qualify. At Sanoviv, Monday through Friday, they have a meditation class at 8:30 each morning. They are exposed to a different type of meditation each day, so that you can possibly find one that you enjoy.
The real challenge for most people is devoting that time to themselves. For some people, they don't feel that they can give themself 20 minutes each day, but lets get real. We find time to do what we want to do. That may be watching a particular TV show each day, or reading the newspaper. Neither of those qualify as quality time for yourself.
Again, at Sanoviv, you are NOT allowed to have your cell phone, laptop or newspapers. You are to spend free time relaxing. And, that is not surfing the Internet, reading news stories that are typically very negative in nature, or talking or texting on the phone.
So, I challenge you to dedicate 20 minutes a day to yourself. During that time, focus on positive thoughts and inspiration. It can be focusing on your goals; on reading your affirmations, or anything else that I have already mentioned. If you are suffering from an illness, it can be a time for visualizing yourself being healthy and combining that with positive affirmations, such as, "My body is healing and I feel much better."
"Me" time -- you deserve it!