A full-blown, weeks-long vacation may not be available to you. Or vacation may be weeks or months from now. Why not plan a single day for the good of your soul?
Try to imagine your whole self: body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Look at the suggestions in these categories and pick just a few to try on this one day you’re giving yourself. Design a day that, when written on paper, fills you with anticipation. Above all, make provision for some joy and deep breaths. Include other people in your day if that will be good for you; if not, don’t indulge guilty feelings for keeping the entire day to yourself.
The body needs:
- Rest: allow enough sleep; maybe a nap, too
- Movement: go for a walk or do other physical activity that feels right and that you enjoy
- Nourishment: indulge in a favorite food or meal; include good-for-you foods as well
- Soothing: need a long soak in the tub, a massage?
The mind needs:
- Order: give yourself time to think through an issue that’s in the front of your mind these days
- Stimulation: read a bit, solve a puzzle, learn something new, devise a plan, window shop with a purpose
- Activity: do something that requires whatever talent you possess
The emotions need:
- Acknowledgment: spend time identifying how you feel
- Time and space: when you have named the emotion, ponder it and stay with it; why do you feel this way? What events or people or actions are attached to this feeling?
- Healthy expression: cry or laugh or write in a journal or talk with someone you trust
The spirit needs:
- Attentiveness: sit still and allow yourself to be with God, saying nothing, doing nothing
- Nourishment: read or listen to wise and graceful thoughts on the interior life; enjoy something artistic
- Expression: do some kind of prayer
- Companionship: An extrovert’s lovely day will include time with other people; an introvert’s lovely day may be satisfied with the company of a good writer or filmmaker! Pay attention to what you need on this particular lovely day.
What would a lovely day for you include?