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The 5 Minute Challenge

The 5 Minute Challenge

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What could you do with 5, uninterrupted minutes?

If I were to ask myself this question, most days the answer would be: nothing. Not enough time to prep dinner, or do laundry, or even clean the floors. But what if taking 5 minutes wasn’t about doing something, but rather – you guessed it – doing nothing? That’s the 5 Minute Challenge.

I know what you’re thinking. Do nothing? Trust me, I know. As busy parents we often don’t even have time to shower, let alone take 5 minutes to do absolutely nothing. But hear me out. I recently read an incredible piece of advice that went something like this: every day, take 5 minutes for yourself where you choose what you want to do – not something you have to do.

The point of this 5 Minute Challenge is simple: in this hectic, fast-paced life we call parenting, we often feel like we don’t have control over anything. I can’t control what time Harper decides to wake up in the morning. I can’t control how much laundry and/or dishes need to be done on a daily basis. But something I can take control of? At least 5 minutes of my day where I choose something I want to do.

For me it’s pretty simple.

All I really want is 5 quiet minutes to myself in the morning where I can drink a hot cup of coffee and eat something quick and nutritious (Stonyfield Whole Milk Yogurt + Banana + Granola) before starting the day. If Harper sleeps in to a normal time, I will wake up early while the house is still quiet, put on something stretchy & comfy (obsessed with these leggings from prAna) and experience those 5 glorious minutes to myself where my coffee is still hot and my morning yogurt is still cold.

The 5 Minute Challenge

This little 5 minute morning routine allows me to feel like my best self because I know I’ve started my day with a healthy, filling breakfast I can feel good about, while also wearing sustainable clothing I can feel good about. Even if the rest of the day doesn’t go as planned, at least I had those 5-or-so minutes to myself where I could control what I wanted to do.

The 5 Minute Challenge

Need some more inspiration?

Here are some simple ways to tackle The 5 Minute Challenge:

  • Do a set of Sun Salutations or quick stretches
  • Scroll through Pinterest
  • Flip through a magazine
  • Meditate
  • Take a second to eat something (without having to feed little hungry children simultaneously)
  • Watch a few minutes of a favorite TV Show
  • Listen to a Podcast
  • Play music you actually like (no sillies, wheels, or jumping monkeys allowed)

You get it. Anything that helps you feel like a real person with control over your life and not just a parent on (overtired) auto-pilot.

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So tell me, what’s your version of The 5 Minute Challenge? What would you do if you took 5 minutes to yourself today?

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  • Jeanette
    May 9, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    The minutes I need is the once for my morning latte. So important so I can start the day good 🙂

    • Marla
      May 15, 2017 at 2:17 PM

      Same here!

  • Megan @ The Many Little Joys
    May 9, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    People always talk about getting up before the kids, and that TOTALLY doesn’t work for me, but I’ve now got my four-year-old trained to entertain himself for a few minutes after he wakes up, giving me those precious 5-10 minutes to wake up slow and do something for myself. Love your suggestions!

    • Marla
      May 15, 2017 at 2:17 PM

      That’s amazing! I hope one day Harper is able to do that. I always try to get up a little bit before her, but since being pregnant I need my sleep!

  • Whitney
    May 9, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    This is a great idea and who can’t spare just 5 minutes?! I think I need to put this into practice.

    • Marla
      May 15, 2017 at 2:13 PM

      Exactly!

  • erynwhalenfitness
    May 9, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    It’s so important to take a moment out of the day, however small, just for yourself. Thanks for the reminder and tips!

    • Marla
      May 15, 2017 at 2:13 PM

      Thanks for reading!

  • Nostalgia Diaries
    May 9, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    I love this idea. I go, go, go all day long and it just leaves me feeling so drained. 5 minutes might make a world of a difference…

    • Marla
      May 15, 2017 at 2:12 PM

      It definitely does for me!

  • Stephanie (@wifemommyme)
    May 10, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Once a day, I tell my little one it’s time for him to play quietly in his room for no less than 20 minutes. He doesn’t nap so I don’t get much quiet time to just breathe. When he is in his room, I usually read for a bit or just lay down, close my eyes and breathe.

    • Marla
      May 15, 2017 at 2:09 PM

      That is a great tip for when naptime eventually ends!

  • Katrina
    May 10, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Like you, I savor my quiet time in the morning gulping down coffee before the baby wakes. It’s a must!

    • Marla
      May 15, 2017 at 2:08 PM

      If nothing else gets done that day – at least there was coffee and some quiet!

  • Angel
    May 10, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    It’s so important to take some time for us!

    • Marla
      May 15, 2017 at 2:05 PM

      Agreed!

  • Camesha | Mama Motivator
    May 11, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Yes! Quiet time is hard to come by. When I get a minute or 5, I like to read or listen to a podcast!

    • Marla
      May 15, 2017 at 2:05 PM

      Same here!