Archive for August, 2009

The 15 minutes a Day Challenge

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Lilamani and I have been challenging each other to take time for ourselves for the past few months which has inspired us to write this blog and inspire you to do the same. When is the last time you really took time out for yourself? Think about it, how many times have you heard someone say I can’t do it, I don’t have enough time! 

Yesterday, I forced myself to get in the pool and said I was going to swim for a mere 15 minutes a day and guess what it turned into 40 minutes instead. So, Lilamani, what are you going to do today?? 

So who else wants to take this 15 minute a day challenge on? We want to hear from you – so tell us what you are going to do for your 15 minutes!

15 minutes a day

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Are you struggling to control your anger? Losing weight, gaining weight? Waking up at 2am in the morning regularly? Your stomach churns, back aches and headaches are frequent. Or maybe you are finding it difficult to keep up with everything you have to do – which seems like a never ending list that continues to grow? Are you always anxious that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to balance home and work, social life and everyday tasks? You find yourself often dreaming about a 25 hour day or see yourself escaping the hum drum to a far away island away from daily demands! 


If you answered “yes” to any of these then keep on reading.


Your gut instinct, that little voice in your head will start to recognize these clues. Translated into words they could be the first signs that your stress levels have increased. The stress bender, can result is a decrease in productivity on the job and less harmonious relationships off the job.


If you are concerned about your health and welfare then its time to get off the roller-coaster.  Give the people in your life the quality time they deserve by giving yourself some time out. This will help refresh you and will refresh your immediate relationships with family, friends and work colleagues.


Start changing some of your routines today. It will only take 15 minutes a day then build it up from there:-




  1. Take a walk, run, meditate, do yoga, swim or join a sports team – exercise will give you a natural high and keep you healthy.
  2. Indulge and Pamper yourself – bubble baths, massages, beauty treatments, golf, watch a sports game
  3. Spend time alone at a café – read, write, think
  4. Listen to music, go to a movie, have a night out with friends – learn to laugh out loud, it is a powerful relaxant
  5. Take mini naps – 10 minutes, or close your eyes for 5 -10 minutes and count backwards from 99, try thinking of nothing but the counting
  6. Ask for help – there is no shame in asking or needing a hand – no man is an island!
  7. Make the time you have count with the people you love even if it is only for 15 minutes – when concentrated and focused it can feel like a lifetime for both parties. This is more enduring than spending an hour together thinking of other things, on the phone and generally disengaged. 
  8. Don’t fill every minute and every hour with stuff – kids or not, just sit and watch the world go by even if it’s for 15 minutes a day.
  9. Have some fun and bring that playful “you” out – life is too short not to.

If you haven’t taken time out for yourself, then plan it now. Choose at least one of these and add it your daily routine, then gradually add another. It is important that you maintain a happy balance. Excuses are not going to benefit you. Stay committed to “you”. It’s not about being selfish, it’s about energizing yourself, stressing less and having more fun even if it’s for 15 minutes a day!