Hit Refresh: Easy Me-Time Ideas for a Happier You

Everybody loves a little inspiration to indulge in a spot of self-renewal. Here’s a nifty bunch of ideas for you!

Decorate: Take up a home project: one wall, one corner, one window to dress up. Go all out trying your creative ideas. How about painting that wall a bright tangerine? Or prettying up your window with a cheerful floral valance? Short of ideas? Scroll down those Instagram galleries, browse and bookmark your favourite looks. You might just surprise yourself with plans for making more than one fun change!

Catch Up With Someone New: Think of a colleague who’s just joined work or a new friend you’ve made on Facebook. How about getting to know them a bit better? Today’s the day! Set up an online meet that recreates the ambience of a cosy little café with plants and colourful mugs, then let the conversation flow. If you click,  you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take the friendship further. And if it is the evening hour, make a toast with fine wine.

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Meet Up With an Old Friend: Hurried messages, half-baked excuses..it’s so easy to lose touch with someone wonderful! In fact, why go far? That someone wonderful might just be you yourself! Rediscover you today: with a pampering self-massage, an evening writing your journal or starting that long-planned blog…

Plan a Delicious Dinner: No aloo bhaji today. Go Thai, Mexican or Italian, but look up a book and try out something that will get the family tastebuds tingling. Then pair up your creation with a pulse-pounding thriller and make a night of it!

Play! Scrabble, Ludo, Monopoly, Dumb Charades, cards, gallons of neembu-pani, lots of coffee, much laughter. Families that play together…you know the rest!

Go Places!  Indulge in some feel-good dreaming. Make a fresh list of places you’d love to see and experience on your next trip. Exchange your list with good friends, then create a dream itinerary together.

Go Nowhere: Do absolutely nothing but laze and then laze some more. Don’t slip out of your pyjamas. Instead, finish breakfast, do your crosswords in the comfort of your bed, and let a lovely novel lull you into sweet, well-deserved  sleep,.Do make sure you have a delicious plan for lunch or tea or whatever time you decide to wake up. Nothing feels quite as wonderful as enjoying a hot, fresh meal after a spoil-me-silly session of snoozing!

Meet the Writer:
Babita Raikwar is a freelance writer. She believes in love, magic and babies.

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