I’m writing this as my husband is struggling to get out the door to go for a run.
He’s stressed out. His to-do list is full.
And he thinks he should be doing something productive instead of running.
You know what – I had the exact same struggle this morning.
I was overwhelmed. Way behind. Sitting at my desk in my running clothes looking at huge piles of work, telling myself to catch up before heading out.
But you know what?
After the run, the work was still there.
And running clears my mind. Gives me perspective. Releases stress.
All things that help me actually get work done in a semi-productive fashion.
Plus, there was no way I was going to get all my work done in 15 minutes.
Yes, that’s right – 15 minutes.
That’s all I ran today. That’s what I had time for. That’s what felt doable. Physically and emotionally. So that’s what I did.
15 minutes is better than no minutes.
10 minutes is better than no minutes.
5 minutes is better than no minutes.
Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, give yourself 15 minutes, or even 5 minutes, and do something for yourself.
Then, when you get back, notice if the world falls apart or if it’s simply waiting for you to return.