SELF CARE SERIES : QUIET TIME
Welcome back to part two of my journey to better self-care. To capture my self-care journey, I am doing a series of different self-care practices that I have been wanting to try and reviewing how well they work for me. In the first installment of the series, I talk about my new habit of journaling. This time, I would like to talk about quiet time.
"You have to be intentional about setting aside time to disconnect"
Why you should try it
Quiet time, for me, is taking time for yourself to disconnect from everything and just doing something that helps you unwind. Quiet time is something that you need to keep you sane. I know when I keep pushing myself to go so hard with everything on my plate, I usually make myself very stressed or even sick. We live in a society where information is always so readily available so that sometimes, we forget to take the time to disconnect. Taking time each week to just be, has been very helpful for my mental health.
"Your quiet time should incorporate something that you actually want to do [...]"
When I do quiet time, I typically disconnect from social media, shut off the news, and just be present and do what makes me happy. Sometimes that's binge-watching a show on Netflix, other times it's hanging out at my place with friends and family, or just being by myself with a good book.
Things to remember
You have to be intentional about setting aside time to disconnect. When I first attempted to incorporate more quiet time, the time that I designated always got pushed back or scheduled over for something else. I have since put that time on my schedule and begun making it a priority. Ever since doing that, my life has changed for the better and it's something that I look forward to every week.
Your quiet time should incorporate something that you actually want to do or like to do. When I first started intentionally incorporating quiet time, I thought I would try meditating (because that's what you're supposed to do, right?). I hated it. Every. Moment.
I thought I was doing it wrong or there was something wrong with me. What I didn't realize was that I just didn't want to use my quiet time to meditate. And there's nothing wrong with that! Now, I mostly use that time to read a book that I've been putting off for a while.
Have you tried to incorporate more quiet time in your life? What do you do during your quiet time?