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Why It's Important To Have "Me" Time and 6 Ways You Can Achieve It

All I wanted was 10 minutes. 10 minutes to just sit down. In simple peace, calm and quiet. To scroll through Facebook maybe, or to read a book. To play on a game or paint my nails.

10 minutes. 10 selfish minutes.

It wasn’t just that it was the Easter holidays.

I forgot to set myself boundaries. I forgot not to expect too much of myself. I just kept extending my to do list, despite the fact that I had children at home on their Easter holidays and that they were both poorly at different times.

We had chicken pox sweep our household recently. My children weren't overly ill with it, my youngest certainly suffered more than our eldest who caught it exactly 2 weeks after. So we were cooped up a lot during the holidays, but it wasn't just that. There were many reasons why I craved peace; 

The children were poorly, they were bored, it was raining A LOT so even the garden wasn't an option on half of the days, my to do list kept getting longer, the children didn't sleep great so we w…

Today is Happiness Happens Day

Today is Happiness Happens day. But what is happiness? 

Technically speaking; happiness is contentment, being merry and full of joy. 

I used to think of happiness as a goal. If I do a certain task, or become a successful person in something, then I'll be happy. When I've moved or achieved an important goal, then I'll be happy. Or it's a past accomplishment or era in my life. 

Should happiness have to be so complex and hard to obtain? 

Since having the boys I try to define happiness differently. There's different levels of happiness and I now don't try to view happiness as a huge end goal. I go moment by moment, day by day. And I've stopped trying to put pressure on myself to reach contentment and joy. 

And low and behold. Happiness now just sort of happens. Not all of the time but I am also not putting pressure on myself anymore. Instead I am trying to teach myself to find happiness in the little things. 

Like the smell of the coffee in the morning or the sound of the rain on my window as we fall asleep. The scent and feel of fresh bedsheets after a long day. The smile on my children's faces when they're having the best fun. 

To find out more about what makes me happy, read my post on 10 Things That Made Me Smile This Month. By focusing and finding happiness in the small moments I feel like happiness is slowly becoming a much bigger part of my life. Being mindful has also helped my outlook on happiness. To become more a mindful mum, check out my blog post 8 Steps To Becoming A Mindful Mum. 

So, instead of putting happiness on a high pedestal, try lowering what it takes to feel it. Try feeling it in the small moments; even when life feels against you. When you view happiness differently, you find it just happens and finds you. 

That's why today is so important. It's recognising that happiness does happen. In the smallest of moments. It is there, we just need to be more aware. When you view happiness differently, you find it just happens and finds you. 

How do you define happiness? Leave a comment below, I'd love to know your thoughts. 

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