The Five Minute Gift should be practiced daily and is similar to the Five Minute Rule in some ways. The Five Minute Rule also demands that you must allow yourself to fully feel your emotions, value yourself enough to determine that you are worth that five minutes, and (most likely) that none of the five minutes may be spent on a phone, computer or other interactive device.
The five minute gift is this: for five minutes every day do something you truly love. Try making a list of things you love to do, experience, or just generally make you happy. Examples?
Listening to music
Sit/relax in the sun
Sew (clearly, not me)
Clean (ok, not for me either but sometimes a clean closet will make you happy)
Cuddle with your animal, kid, spouse
Meditate or breathe
Close your eyes
Watch your dog/cat/kid/spouse sleep
Look out a window
Whatever it is that brings you joy do it for five minutes a day. The first day may simply be making a list of those things that make you smile, then after that pick something each day and spend five minutes doing whatever it is, whenever you want but make sure to do it!
The point is this: When you are feeling emotion, embrace it. Spend five minutes alone. By spending five minutes reconnecting with ourselves, righting our ships or embracing our joys, we reconnect with that which makes us human – the human experience.
If you are feeling stuck: you are not alone.
If you are feeling overwhelmed: you are not alone.
If you are traveling from the darkness into light, feeling vulnerable: you are not alone.
If you are feeling thankful, blessed, joyous: you are not alone. At all.
I think you are worth every single second of that five minutes. I hope you do too. Give yourself five minutes today. If you're not ready yet then I'm here, giving you permission, to take that five minutes. Go ahead and say: