I have just been gifted nine extra free-time hours and it is a whole new world

The toddler has started pre-school and I plan to use my free time for a solitary walk on the beach

'Even a few minutes walking outdoors alone can slow down the rush of a busy life and reframe our approach to our day.' Photograph: iStock

'Even a few minutes walking outdoors alone can slow down the rush of a busy life and reframe our approach to our day.' Photograph: iStock

Imagine if I were to offer you an extra nine hours in your week. How would you spend this time?

You certainly could fit in an extra run or walk, get more sleep, chop more fruit, meet old friends or read more books. But would you actually make any long-lasting change, or would those extra hours gradually disappear back into your busy weekly schedule?

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