Who else, like me, wakes-up on a Saturday with a strange sense of weekend freedom? That is, the feeling that the day is yours to do what ever you want, and for a brief moment you can live the life you’d love to live everyday, if only you could!
Introducing you to your weekend you.
I first acknowledged my weekend me at a work event the other day. Sounds like a strange place for such an encounter, doesn’t it?
You see I’m fortunate enough to not only have a career that I love, but to also work for a stellar employer. As all good businesses should, the company has some pretty strong ideas about women in leadership and true to their word, they’re investing in bringing these ambitions to life.
One arm of this vision is a Women in Leadership Mentor Program. This program sees emerging female leaders partnered with inspiring role models from across the business to help foster growth, education and development. I was chuffed to be given the opportunity to participate.
Lucky for me, the program also includes a series of training days where participants are set challenges designed to help them step-up in their careers. This includes wellness, happiness and all-round good vibes sessions. Yes please!
Our wellness coach for the day was acclaimed wellness guru, Jamie Gonalez (you can find more about him here –> http://jamiegonzalez.com).
Jamie opened the floor with the weekend you question. He then asked us to list out what it is we enjoy doing on these me days, and then further challenged us to become this person everyday (even if only for a moment).
The thought behind his question being that we often aren’t our true selves everyday and this inhibits our personal and professional wellbeing.
Like any one who is career driven, come Monday morning I often find I switch into ‘doing mode’ and the energy I invested in relaxing and grounding myself over the weekend goes out the window.
While I’d love to hang out by the beach and have a late breakfast everyday, that simply isn’t possible, and truthfully, doing so would probably bore me after while as well. Jamie’s words were however a timely reminder that we need to make looking after ourselves a priority everyday, regardless of what’s going on around us.
This could be as simple as a walk around the block at lunch time, a green smoothie in the morning, making time to exercise or simply calling a loved one to ask them how their day is going. Small steps such as these contribute significantly to a better wellbeing.
It sounds like a cliche but one of the most honest questions you can ask yourself is ‘what makes you happy?’ If you try and throw more of this into your everyday, you’re on a good track to improved health and happiness.
So, what are my tips on how you be your weekend you, everyday?
1. Find time to just be you – Finding time to just be you is when you switch off your mind and simply exist in the moment. That means no forward planning, no stressing about work or your to-do list. For me this moment is when I exercise first thing in the day, or when I take 10 minutes to stretch and welcome the day with clarity, prayer and positive thoughts.
2. Go beyond the boundaries you’ve set yourself – Don’t fall victim to your own boundaries. If you want to do something that will help improve your wellness, make it a priority and do it everyday.
3. Discover what your why is – Why are you on this journey? Is it to improve your wellness, cure a illness, to live a happier life or to simply get more from life? Remind yourself of this objective when you need inspiration. It will keep you motivated when you need it most.
4. Ask yourself, what are your passions – Following your passions makes everything much easier and more enjoyable. Do you know what you stand for? Or what your passionate about? Explore these and think about how you can work them into your everyday routine and your job. Most employers should want you to work closer to what you enjoy, your passions are often your strengths as well.
5. Forget about making shit happen all the time – Plain and simple. No explanation needed.
6. Take small steps – There is no rush to get it done instantly. Instead of switching between doing mode and your Saturday you, think about how you can integrate these Saturday vibes into your everyday life, one step at a time.
7. Sometimes change is needed – You might learn that what you’re doing everyday isn’t for you. If this is the case, think about what would make you your happiest you, and explore how you can do this full-time. Success comes to those who enjoy what they do.
8. Don’t forget to breathe – When the stress levels rise, step outside, stand in the sun, take a deep breath and release. Repeat five times. Refocus and re-energise.
I’d love to hear what you do to inject a little me happiness into your everyday?