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.
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.
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
- 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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