Living a full life -- one that is active and includes compassion, heart, and an endless "To-do List" can easily remove peace and quiet from one's day. This tidbit from the Chopra Center is a good reminder to take time for one's self.
Make Time for Peace and Quiet
Daily life can be busy and chaotic. It can feel as though there just aren’t enough hours in the day to complete everything. With this mindset, downtime is viewed more as a luxury than a necessity.
But the truth is, when you give yourself permission to decompress and rejuvenate, you reenergize your body and mind, allowing both to work more efficiently. So, while relaxing activities may feel unproductive at the time, by performing them, you are actually enhancing productivity in the long-run.
Morning is a great time to relax as it can set the tone for the rest of the day. However, some people may prefer evenings. Choose a time that works best with your schedule when you can be alone and free of any distractions. Start small, perhaps 10 minutes a day of quiet time, and gradually work your way up to at least 20 minutes. Preferred amount of downtime will vary from person to person.
Here are some ideas of relaxing activities:
- Take a warm bath
- Listen to calming music
- Take a nature walk
- Practice yoga
- Focus on breath
--From the Chopra Center