The world we live in is a hive of activity and noise. We are surrounded by constant humming, beeping, adverts, kids screaming, phones ringing, traffic, notification alerts, busy thoughts running through our minds. It never stops.
Years ago people didn't have as many devices. They may have had one TV, a home phone, possibly a family computer. Certainly not a smartphone which is now glued to most of our hands, never allowing us to be bored and switch off. If we have a spare moment it's spent scrolling through various social media platforms to keep up to date with the outside world.
Our brains need to wind down and relax for us to maintain a healthy overall lifestyle. It's not healthy to be constantly "on" all of the time.
Creating a place in the home where you can go to and feel safe, relaxed and at peace has so many more health benefits than we know. It can lower blood pressure, stress levels and increase the happy hormones like endorphins and dopamine. It can also make you a better partner, parent and friend.
Learning to take time out for yourself is the biggest gift you can do for everyone around you and especially yourself. Here are a few tips to finding your inner quiet.
1. Turn things off that cause a distraction
Sounds easy right! But it's harder than you think. Turn off the TV, radio, computer and your smartphone for at least 30 to 60 minutes every day. If its possible try and do this at the same time every day. Sit somewhere quiet or lay down on your bed and just switch off. At first, your thoughts will start to race more but once you learn to relax and calm your thoughts you will feel a sense of calm wash over you. It's an amazing uplifting feeling.
2. Create your own beautiful quiet place
It could be as simple as buying a beautiful soft throw and cushions and snuggling up on your couch to create your own quiet spot. An ideal situation would be to turn a spare room or corner of your house into your own go-to place to chill out. Plants, candles and somewhere comfortable to sit is all you need. Create a warm inviting space. Moonlights are great. View here.
3. Try and get the whole family involved
Children need to switch off too, their brains are growing at a rapid pace but it can also be extremely overwhelming for little ones in this day and age. They are constantly bombarded with noise, electronic devices and school work. Even when they are having quiet time they are either watching TV or looking at a screen. Yoga and meditation have been proven to benefit children immensely. It can increase concentration, help with sleep and improve behaviour.
4. Enjoy quiet time in the great outdoors
Get out into the bush and lose yourself in nature. It may not be silent but the sounds of birds chirping are almost better. Go for a lovely walk along the beach, enjoy the sounds of the crashing waves. If you are still becoming distracted by the surrounding noises listen to some calming meditation music, nothing with lyrics or ads.
5. Start to read and love books again
With work, raising children, running a business, starting your career you do forget about yourself. I used to love nothing more than getting lost in a good book. Take back that time and if you have to put into your schedule. ~ 4 pm to 5 pm read book ~. Reading has been proven to lower the chances of dementia, reduce stress levels, promote healthier sleep patterns. This is an easy one to implement when you have children. Turn everything off between a designated time and get everyone to choose something to read and enjoy the silence.