As I wrap up a “successful” Monday morning – children dropped at school, fed and clothed, I reflect on what made it so successful.
Definitely my moods, temper and energy levels all contributed.
Every day I try to start with ten minutes over at our lake (or cycle to the beach) for some gratitude, reflection and meditation before really starting the day.
Mondays I try to get to Tai Chi and this morning managed Tai Chi for twenty minutes, had a walk around Burleigh Heads in the bush and then a swim in the ocean. I call these Green Light Activities.
Green light activities are activities that we do that relax us, inspire us and make us rested.
The perfect start for a busy week.
There are many activities that you too can do and they can be FREE. These are some that will help you be the calm, goddess Mumma Bear which will help roll out a successful day.
10 FREE activities you can do.
1. Morning gratitude and reflection
Call this meditation or reflection it doesn’t matter. I go to the lake across the road and walk in the water. It is a sequence from Tony Robbins and if you look him up on Youtube you will find his talks on this and tips. I start by highlighting what I am grateful for small and personal, then bigger and global. Then I think about what I would like to have happen over the day, then I sit and focus on it. All up around ten minutes.
2. Tai Chi
On the Gold Coast you can do Tai Chi for free through the Gold Coast City Councils Active and Healthy program. I try to make Mondays and Wednesdays at Burleigh Heads. In winter whales go past!
3. Bush and coastal walks
There are many walks around the coast, not all of them in the hinterland. Burleigh Heads has a wonderful walk around it, as does Greenmount and Fingal.
4. Swim in the ocean
On the Gold Coast (and most Australian capital cities) we are close to the sea yet so many don’t visit the beach or swim in it. Get down regular, a dip is so refreshing and FREE!
5. Visit the local art gallery
Also a joy of living in the larger cities is access to free art galleries. Go and visit one and be excited by someone else’s take on the world.
6. Stand up paddle
I own my own board and paddle so can SUP anywhere any time. Favorite places include Tallebudgera Estauary, Currumbin Estuary and Kingscliffe River. If you want to hire one, Currumbin has two options near Throwers Bridge. SUP is an easy safe sport to get into. Quite meditative.
7. Sunset walks
A short bike ride to the beach at 5pm after work is a perfect way to wind down from work and settle into dinner and children. It’s a magic time to be on the beach and it is often deserted. Pop down and check it out.
8. Currumbin Rock Pools.
Quite relaxing and a few degrees cooler than the rest of the coast, this water hole is a popular spot. I ventured up a few weeks ago with a good book, picnic rug, bottle of wine to share and a mate. A few hours easily slipped by. Very relaxing
9. Take some art gear into the bush to paint or to a vineyard.
You don’t need to be an artist to have fun and enjoy drawing and painting. You can pick up basic supplies at cheap warehouse shops – pencil, drawing paper/pad, water colours or colouring in pencils. Head to a vineyard, or Tamborine to enjoy painting/drawing.
10. Go for a bike ride.
Jump on your bike and go for a zoom around the neighbourhood.