With Den away all week, I’ve had plenty of time to be alone, indulge in all that Secret Single behavior without having to lock doors and such… last night, I even took MYSELF on a date night. Alone.
I was watching the lovely Mia Freedman and a panel of mothers on 9am yesterday morning talking about ‘Me Time’… namely, the lack of it! A recent study found that Australian women get less than two hours a week to themselves.
It got me thinking.
$30 Date Night is all about encouraging couples to schedule time together every week so they can foster intimacy and connectedness within their relationships… so why not ALSO schedule a Date Night with yourself every once in awhile?
So, here’s the plan: Block out time in your diary, set aside a few hours, make all the necessary arrangements for children, etc, and… this is important… honor yourself enough to not schedule anything else during that time – don’t let anything get in the way of your date with yourself!
Pick something you’ve been longing to do. A wonderful book called The Artist’s Way suggests that feeding your inner creative being with a regular ‘Artist Date’ will help connect you with your imaginative self and create a wonderful sense of peace and sense of self. Time to think, reflect and relax.
Perhaps visit an art gallery (alone! Bliss!), go and see a movie you’ve been dying to watch, walk through the park and have a picnic for one, go to dinner by yourself, sit at the beach sunbaking, book yourself into a day spa or try any one of our hundreds of date ideas – just do it alone instead of with others!
Remember, if you don’t make an effort to take the time, you’ll never have the time.
And after all, it has to be good for the soul!