|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
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.