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Making Time For Yourself

Updated on April 16, 2012

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Taking time for yourself is never time wasted.
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Today will have 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, and 86,400 seconds. How much time will you give yourself?

30 minutes a day for yourself can make it possible for you to live longer. If taking that 30 minutes for yourself does give you a longer life, it cost you nothing.

Taking 15 minutes to be sure your day is organized so that you accomplish more?…that 15 minutes saved more than the time it took.

If you take another 15 minutes to meditate and pray, call a friend, or do a favor, chances are good you will not only live longer because you did, but you will be happier, too.

The total, if you build those things into your everyday schedule, is just one of the 24 hours. That leaves 8 for sleep, 8 for work, and 7 for everything else (but be sure to use some of that for love, for meaningful sharing, for fine and healthy foods, and for something that adds to your learning and knowledge.)

Moderation, simplifying, doing the mandatory things daily living requires, all those are important. But time for yourself adds to the length and the quality of life. Call it an investment in the future by taking advantage of it today..

© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      daborn7 5 years ago from California

      Very interesting hub. It really does make you think, something that we should all be doing. Taking time out for ourselves and our family is a very important part of life and I think it is the key to staying healthy and sane too!

      Thanks for sharing! Voted up.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      daborn7: We are inclined to say "there is only so much time in the day" but the time is ours to commit as we will (to job, family, community, friends, etc.) The first commitment should be to ourselves in ways that make us better, more effective, happier, and probably healthier people as you are aware. "Job #1" is a better me, and then "Job #2" is anythig I decide it should be.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Very wise advice.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      breakfastpop: If us older types can't share meaningful experience from our accumulated years, why are we still here? Thanks for the "Very wise advice" accolade. If it makes just one person's life better and more fulfilling, it was well worth the time it took to make the advice available in this Hub.

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      klarawieck 4 years ago

      So very true. There is a saying in Spanish: It's better to lose five minutes of your life, than to lose your live in five minutes.

      We must make the time for the things we know are good for us. Stress is a killer! And when you think about it... we're rushing from one place to another, and for what? It's not like we're actually going anywhere!

      Thanks for the reminder. :D

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      klarawieck: I and my wife are with you on the value of meditating, to which we add yoga (the Laotian form). The Bible, however, only mentions "meditate" once in Luke 21:14, and "meditation" only six times, all in the Psalms (5:1, 19:14, 49:3, 104:34, and 119:97 and 119:99.) If, however, we included the verb "to think" as it could refer to meditate, we would have many more instances. Finding time for at least the periodic five minute you refer to, and longer when you can, can make a wonderful difference in the peace we carve from life. I must try to find your classical piano recordings, is there one you would recommend for meditation background?

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Using the Spanish saying form you mention, we could say that "Eat to live, don't live to eat" would result in a longer life with a much smaller variety of things to eat (after eliminating most sugars, fats, gravies, etc., and other foods and cooking methods we know to be bad for us, as well as overeating...even the good stuff...in the first place.)

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