We are stressed out. We are overwhelmed. We are multitasking work and life because we are completely overscheduled. Unfortunately, this way of life has translated to our children and we are all too busy to stop and redirect those poor kids to some quiet time.
Quiet time is something that most of us (over a certain age) automatically grew up with because we just had no choice…..there was nothing else to do. I mean, really. Go out a play was a daily phrase from our parents and there were no fancy gadgets – just a bike and a tree to climb.
But, I do not regret it one bit. It gave us a chance to use our IMAGINATION, to find peace and show GRATITUDE to our world and to look inward and SELF-REFLECT on our lives.
Quiet time is when you create order out of chaos. It rejuvenates your mind and body and helps you prioritize your to-do list. Maybe you realized that you haven’t taken care of yourself lately or you haven’t reached out to a friend or taken care of a messy file cabinet, whatever! Physically and emotionally, you must have quiet time for renewal. Think about it, even a machine needs time for maintenance.
Ironically, I am writing this blog post while my husband runs around clanking pots because he is brewing beer and smoking meat and my son is practicing his drums with the basement door open. I am just trying to listen to a little Paul Simon…
But, this is real life.
We must carve out time each day for that 15 minutes of quiet. Schedule it in just like you are supposed to be scheduling in your exercise and your healthy eating. (caught ya!)
If it seems like a daunting task to find quiet, remember that it is OK to say no. You do not need to overschedule yourself. Stop feeling guilty. You could also just ask for help. We all want to be useful and asking for help from a loved one will give them a great feeling…..and damn, it feels good to make someone else feel good! Be patient with others and give yourself grace. Life is messy, we all know that. #hotmess Remember, we are not alone and we do not have to do EVERYTHING. But, daily quiet time is good for your health. My quiet time is mostly outdoors, but I also enjoy a long hot shower. Whatever your quiet is, make it a priority.