Ahhhh…you often long for a getaway, don’t you? You may have a vision of it sweeping away your cares, rejuvenating your spirit and preparing you to handle the stresses of life with ease.
Maybe I’ve got you thinking about a resort spa, a stunning beach or a cabin in the mountains. SNAP OUT OF IT! You have work to do, responsibilities waiting and goals to accomplish.
But wait…I have another option. Train yourself in the art of the three-minute getaway. Escape for three, four or five minutes to shed stresses, renew your spirit and put a smile back on your face. Just think of it…your own haven that you can retreat to several times a day. Hardly anyone will know, EXCEPT that they will notice you are calmer, happier and walk with a lighter step.
Start with this list, and then as you get the hang of the art of a three-minute getaway, add your own ideas. Set a reminder on your phone to try an escape several times throughout the day. Unwind, replenish, live lighter!
- Listen to a favorite worship song. Try “Made Me Glad” by Hillsong or “Amazing Love” by Third Day. “Shout to the Lord”, “God of Wonders”, “Oceans”, “Revelation Song” – the list goes on and on. Listen to one. You might take this one in – visually, words, music. “Overwhelmed” by Big Daddy Weave
- Read one of these Psalms:
- Psalm 104
- Psalm 91
- Psalms 16 and 19
- Psalm 34
- Watch one of these beautiful videos HERE. Click on a “chapter” for your three-minute getaway.
- Go outside. Walk around your yard.
- Listen to the birds. They have distinct songs.
- Close your eyes and feel the breeze or the warmth of the sun.
- Notice the different colors you see.
- Breathe deeply.
- Put on a song and dance! Try:
- “Shackles” by Mary Mary
- “Happy” by Pharell Williams
- “Shackles” by Mary Mary
- Do something artistic: play your guitar, piano, flute, recorder. Get out your kids’ colored pencils or crayons and draw. Arrange some flowers. Write a verse of a poem. READ some poetry! Click HERE for some examples.
- Use those essential oils that are lying around. Rub some nice smelling lotion on your neck and arms. Massage your feet with some lotion!
- Savor the taste of some fruit. Make it an experience. Cut an orange and study it’s design, smell and taste. Thank God for such a delightful treat. Eat some blueberries or strawberries one at a time – look, smell, taste, thank.
- Reach your arms high. Lean slightly to the left and then slightly to the right – just enough to feel a tug. From a straight position slowly lean over and touch your toes. Feel the gentle stretch. Slowly pull your body up, reach your arms up high and breathe deeply. Bring them back to your side.
- Look out the window or better yet, go outside. Look at the sky. Notice the clouds. Notice the mood of the sky. Feel the temperature of the air. If it’s the right time of day, bask in the sunset, watch the stars twinkle or relish the glow of the moon.
You must be getting the hang of the art of a three-minute getaway. A haven for renewal. An escape from the busyness of life. Add to your list, set reminders on your phone and enjoy a new you!
Please share in the comments section ideas for some three-minute getaways!