Although I enjoy getting a lot of things done and feeling accomplished, I don’t enjoy the pressure to be constantly busy. From the moment our eyes open to the moment they close in the evenings, we hustle and bustle from place to place and task to task in a whirlwind of activities and commitments. If we have an ounce of time to ourselves, we fill it with mindless scrolling, craning our necks to look down at our phones and we ignore the world around us.
Today I hope that you take a moment to look up and take some time out. It’s okay to fill some of your time with silence, with reflection, and with relaxation. Relaxation is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Rather than fill your quiet times with unnecessary noise, I encourage you to embrace the silence. Here are a few simple things I’ve been doing recently to embrace that quiet.
Embracing the Quiet
- Keeping my Phone on Silent: I am so much less likely to scroll and check my phone when I can’t hear it ring, buzz, or alert me in any way.
- Having a Book on Hand: Once I get in to my book, I reach for it on the train, at night before bed, and in any free time I might have. I love enjoying a good book rather than mindless looking at my phone.
- Using my Eyes to see and not to scroll: I’ve taken the time to look out the window on the train, take a walk on my lunch break and look at the trees, and taken more face to face time with friends and coworkers which is quite refreshing.
- Avoiding Screens before bed: Not staring at my phone for hours helps me feel more prepared for sleep. Not so much in the sense that looking at my phone doesn’t make me tired, but in the sense that I don’t end the day wishing I was living someone else’s life that I read about or saw on social media. I simply feel more satisfied.
- Listening to my Body: I don’t care if it’s 7pm or 11pm, when I feel tired and if I’m able to go to sleep, I do. If I’m hungry, I eat. Taking care of my body is obviously extra important these days but it’s also been a reminder that there are no set “rules” to follow with sleeping, schedules, food times, etc. It’s important to listen to our ever-changing bodies!
I hope that you take some time for yourself today and enjoy a quiet moment. It may not feel comfortable or easy, but soon you’ll be craving that time. I know for me, since trying to be less phone obsessed, I’ve learned a lot.
I hope to continue to avoid comparing my real life to other’s social media”lives” and just enjoy my own. We are given one life and it is a gift. I intend to enjoy it by learning, loving, and accepting life’s little challenges each day.
Favorite way to unwind? Favorite leisurely pastime? Current book?
Tell me in the comments below!