A few weeks after we bought our new lounge chairs, a friend asked me how comfy they were. I had to reply that I hadn’t yet sat down on them! That’s because I rarely sit down when I’m at home. If I want to sit down and relax, I have to go to a local café.
This is a scoop of coffee-flavoured gelato with a shot of espresso: perfection in a glass! I often have one of these when I do the weekly shopping. I carefully avoid the mums buying baby-cinos and find a nice quite table in the corner. And I can enjoy fifteen minutes of being with my own thoughts, before returning to the noise and activity of home.
I’ve tried sitting down at home with a magazine and cup of coffee. But I always found myself getting up to do other things. So I have to go out in order to read my magazine. But that’s ok because now my local café feels a bit like my living room.
Caring for children, housework, study, blogging… all these activities expand to fill the time available, and it’s the quiet meditative activities that tend to get dropped. Especially with social media filling up every half-minute of our lives.
Sometimes you have to put yourself first and claim a bit of me-time. Having a ritual like this built into your weekly routine helps you do so more regularly. Do you have a ritual too?
What’s your weekly indulgence?
PS: Life has become so busy lately, so I’ve decided to go back to posting once a week for a while. See you next Monday!