one nice thing

I have a Pilates instructor, who, at the end of every class tells us to remember to do one nice thing for ourselves every day. She always says this while we're blissed out in child's pose, feeling our final stretches of the class.

Do one nice thing for yourself every day.


When you hear this, what do you think? Do you think "well of course I do one nice thing for myself each day. I do nice things for myself all the time!" Or do you think "Hmm...I wonder what the last nice thing I did for myself was?"

Here's a hint: if you can't remember, you're probably not doing it every day.

I think that there is a trend in our society for everyone to work hard, play hard, and get things done. Get the work taken care of. Get the friends, and the family, and the lovers taken care of. Get the house taken care of. And everything gets taken care of...but you. This trend of taking care of yourself last is not a good one. If you aren't taking care of yourself, then you aren't going to be able to actually be helpful to anyone else around you. How often do you pay yourself first when it comes to your time and energy? I know I don't do it nearly often enough.

Therefore, I'd like to issue a challenge to you and to myself. February is a short month. I'm posting this on the 2nd, so there are only 27 days left. I hear it only takes 21 to make a new habit, so for the next 21 days, make an active, conscious effort to do something nice for yourself every day. Keep track of it -- write it in your day planner or on your calendar. Then see how you feel at the end of the experiment.

I'm going to do it too, and after 21 days, I'll let you know how it went. Who knows, before March even arrives, we could all be in the habit of taking a little better care of ourselves. That would definitely be a good thing!

photo credit: Tony the Misfit