Weight Loss Tip # 21: Every day take a quiet half hour to yourself.
In the high-tech, fast-paced, fast-food world in which we live, it is easy to let days — and even whole weeks — slip by without any quiet time alone. The quiet time we spend by ourselves is so important. It resets our timing. It recharges us. It’s absolutely essential for us to have on a daily basis if we are to achieve and maintain emotional and spiritual health. And we know from our past experiences that physical health is impossible to achieve when our emotional and spiritual lives our out of balance.
So plan your half hour of quiet alone time EVERY DAY no matter what. If you live in a busy household, it may mean getting to bed a little earlier every evening so you can wake up earlier than everyone else in the home. It doesn’t really matter what you do with your quiet time. It doesn’t really have to be structured, either. Read a book. Write in your journal. Sew. Crochet. Carve a piece of stone. Pray. Meditate. Fish. Garden. Swim. Paint a watercolor picture. Write a poem. Play piano. You can do the same thing with your quiet half hour every day or you can do something different with your time every day. However you decide to do it is just fine. Just make sure that you take it for yourself — and make sure you put attention towards enjoying the quiet. If you are doing an activity, don’t let it be any activity that has a deadline or any activity that causes you to engage in perfectionist or stressful thinking. Go to a location where you will not be interrupted by anybody for half an hour. If someone interrupts you, explain that you are not available for another 15, 20 or however many minutes you half left in your half an hour commitment. Do not answer the phone. Do not look at a text. Avoid electronic stimulation of any kind. You need to unplug for half an hour every day. Some will find it difficult to take a quiet half an hour every day — but after you have kept your commitment to having quiet time for a few weeks in a row, you’ll begin to cherish the time so much. You’ll wonder how you ever made it through your day without it. This will be a coveted time in every day — and so very essential to your overall wellbeing.
Daily Inspiration: “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.” ~Henry David Thoreau
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