Sunday, January 17, 2016

15 minutes of ignoring everything

Having children is a demanding task, no matter if you're a stay-at-home mom, a work-at-home mom, a working mom, or something in between.  People are constantly asking for something!  By the end of the day, I find myself frustrated and hanging on by a thread.  Part of a journey to a healthier you, is a healthy mind and healthy spirit.

The teacher in my childbirth class told us she would stand at the end of her driveway with her children to hand them off the second her husband arrived home.  (Insert my pre-children judginess, and just.having.no.idea!)  I haven't actually stood in the driveway, but I've definitely been waiting inside to hand them off.

Ignore the world for a little bit each day

Back in October, I read this article on CNN.com called "How to Think Straight in the Age of Information Overload."  The quote below struck me, and I realized this was what I needed daily.
"If we would just let [daydreaming] take over, stare out the window for 10 or 15 minutes, take a nap, and let our minds wander... That has the effect of hitting the neural reset button in the brain and getting us back to our task with a brand new sense of engagement and energy. A 15 minute nap is equivalent to an extra hour and a half sleep the night before."
You may not been an introvert that requires quiet time to recharge, but I'm guessing you could benefit from a daily break.  Fifteen minutes of ME TIME daily.  Let me be clear on what this time is not:
  • it's not time to make a to do list (or a mental to do list--I know you type A people)
  • it's not time to make phone calls
  • it's not time to check social media
  • it's not time to think about what you're cooking for dinner
This is 15 minutes of time to just stare, and clear your mind.  The first few times I tried it, it was hard!  I set the timer on my phone and stared blissfully at the trees around my yard.  After what I assumed to be 45 minutes, I checked the timer, and I had successful had my mind quiet for 4 minutes.  Ugh! Seriously, those first days of 15 minutes seemed to take two hours.  However, I noticed an improvement in my disposition throughout the day.

Now, I try to make this part of my everyday, but I don't make it a "to do" item and I don't stress if it doesn't happen.  I know I'll feel better if I do it, but I don't want the pressure if I can't.  So, set the timer on your phone, set it to not ring, put it on the other side of the room, and don't pick it up until your timer goes off.  For an added bonus, make your quiet time outside and get some much needed vitamin D!

Prioritize 15 minutes daily to blissfully ignore everything around you and enjoy the journey to an all around healthier you.

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