We live in the midst of a constant influx of noise and information. Things move so quickly and it seems like there’s an ever-flowing stream of content coming from iPhones, televisions and other electronics.
To-do lists, reminders, emails, and texts from friends are constantly on our radars, nipping at our ankles and crouching by our beds. Articles with titles like “20 things you NEED to do in your twenties or you’re not doing it right” or “10 things you’re doing wrong at work” are ever-present on every social media channel, giving us all the more reason to doubt ourselves and worry that we somehow aren’t enough.
We are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of STUFF in front of us and in our minds at all times. After a while it all just becomes too much to bear without having a breakdown or feeling the weight of it all crushing your soul.
Finding time to escape it all is an absolutely vital component of our health and well-being. This Sunday, even if it’s just for a half hour, just turn it all off. Leave your phone, Fitbit, iPod and any other gadgets at home and take a walk in nature or sit in stillness in a calming environment. Allow yourself to forget where you are for just a little and drift away.
If you can’t stop the thoughts from flowing in, listen to your breath or a guided meditation to help you unwind. Although it may seem like the world is moving at a mile a minute and everything has to be done right this second, nothing is so urgent that you can’t sit in silence for a tiny portion of your day and just let everything go.
It’s so easy to lose sight of what matters and let the negativity overpower you. I definitely struggle with this often, and I have to remind myself that everything will work out in the end. It’s about trusting yourself enough to let go and give your mind a rest so that you come back to the world with renewed energy and a rejuvenated spirit – iPhones aren’t the only things that need charging!
I truly believe that taking time to meditate, do yoga or sit in silence and read is so beneficial. If you don’t give yourself time to reflect and listen to your heart, then how will you even know who you are or what you need? Make it a priority to listen to your body and put your health and well-being first on your list of priorities. While working hard, getting things done and caring for others in your life are important, nothing is more important than your wellness.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with stress, meditation and sitting quietly in solitude in the comments below!