“O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” (Psalm 55:6 NRS)
One of the greatest gifts of back-to-school is that parents have just a bit more time for themselves. Gone are the long days of summer, which may be pretty empty for families with special needs. All of that time and creative energy put into filling a child’s day can leave Mom and Dad with little time for themselves.
Yes, we are all still busy this time of year, but everyone can find ten minutes a day for a bit of self-care. But can ten minutes really make any difference?
Ten minutes a day in meditation can improve sleep, increase willpower and reduce anxiety according to health psychologist Dr. Kelly McGonigal of Stanford University.
Ten minutes a day of exercise improves cardiovascular fitness and reduces stress, per Dr. Timothy Church, director of the Laboratory of Preventative Research.
Ten minutes a day invested in talking with your spouse improves satisfaction with your relationship per American Psychological Association.
Clutter driving you crazy? Setting aside just ten minutes for some quick organization can go a long way in reducing perceived chaos, which in turn can improve mood, sleep and health, per Darby E. Saxbe and Rena Repetti in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
Ten minutes engaged in a favorite hobby relieves stress and nurtures creativity, with the added benefit of reduced blood pressure and lower levels of depression, per a study by National Center for Biotechnology Information. Plus another study shows it helps improve problem solving, a skill we all need when dealing with challenges.
What is the power of ten minutes? How about a better marriage, better sleep, less stress, better organization, and improved mental and physical health.
Be intentional and find ten minutes for yourself. I’d love to hear back what you did and how it helped in the comments.
Restoring God, thank you for the gift of renewal. Even as we care for others, remind us to care for ourselves.