“If you think that I have time for that woo woo rubbish, you clearly have no idea what my life is like and how much I have on my plate”.

That used to be my response when my mum would tell me that I needed to take time for myself.

Because for me, taking time for myself meant something woo woo (like a massage, or yoga, or chanting in a darkened room – do I look like a Californian hippie – I am an INTELLECTUAL!!). And it would mean a whole bunch of faff and fuss and a whole bunch of time.

Time I didn’t have.

Because I had so many other things to do – so many balls in the air at the same time. And if I let one of them drop, the whole thing would come crashing down at once.

I certainly didn’t have time for me.

So I kept on juggling and working weekends and not taking time for myself.

Until I burned out. Not once but twice.

Since my wake up wallop in the face in 2014 when I decided I had to change my life or suffer a heart attack or stroke before I hit 45, one of the things I had to learn was to take time for myself – and that even five minutes could make a difference.

Most importantly it wasn’t necessary that it be woo woo (though sometimes woo woo is ok)!

This is why I wanted to create these “Twenty-eight days of taking five minutes to breathe”.

This is how it will work

For the next twenty-eight days, starting on Monday 25 May 2020, I will be posting separate daily posts of things to do to take the time to breathe.

It is up to you how you would like to consume these nudges:

If you don’t want to be bothered with the hassle of daily nudges, I have you covered: On Monday of each week, I will post all of the week’s activities in a single blog, that you can then print out and put near your desk with an overview for the week.

If you are happy to get a daily nudge, then I will also be posting daily prompts in Facebook of the different activities.

If you like to have different options about how to do the activity and are interested in why the activity can be helpful – each nudge be linked to a blog post with more details.

As we go along, I would love to hear from you as to whether or not it works for you – either comment on the FB page, or send me an email at joanna@joannadenton.com .

So, that is everything for now. I look forward to starting these 28 days of nudges with you 😊