Blissful Belle

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Reclaim Bliss: Take Back You Time


As a Blissful Belle, you probably have a schedule packed with activities. The laundry list of to-dos never ends with all of the obligations to attend to like class, a job, exercise and homework. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably not slowing down and you may even pride yourself on how much you can get done in a short amount of time.

Today, our society praises the people who can maximize their time efficiently, cramming in activity after activity, chore after chore, and go to bed at the end of the day planning on getting up and starting again. This pattern, although seemingly productive, is exhausting and taxing on our bodies and our mental health.

This is why we need to take the time to just do nothing. Does that idea scare you a little? Does it seem almost counterproductive? It may seem scary for a multitude of reasons. The fact that you may just sit back in the middle of a hectic day, seemingly wasting precious time, may make you cringe. I mean, you have so much to do!

It also may seem scary for another reason. What might happen if you just sit with only your thoughts, with only yourself, and you don’t like what you feel? Silence is uncomfortable. Sitting alone with your thoughts is hard. But taking the time to really feel what your body feels, to reflect on how you are feeling and responding to the world around you is crucial to living a happy and healthy life.

We are all on autopilot, mechanically running through the same routine every day. Take the time to be still and calm each day and it will significantly decrease your stress and help you see the world in a different, and better light. Although we think that packing our lives with tasks will get us where we “need” or “want” to be, maybe it is the other way around. Take the time to appreciate the little things and really absorb your surroundings. Learn from little kids, who have no concept of time and just relax in the sunshine on a beautiful day, instead of doing laundry or paying bills. I promise you that the dirty clothes and pile of bills will still be there 10 or 15 minutes later, so take the time to sit in your comfiest chair or lie on your bed or in the grass, and just be.

Doing this is actually hard. It may sound funny to say that sitting and doing nothing is a difficult task, but if you try it, you will see. Because of that, try to follow these tips next time you decide to do nothing. You won’t regret it!

  • Lie in a comfortable place, or sit with your feet on the ground and your hands in your lap. Set a timer for five or 10 or even 15 minutes. Close your eyes. Relax.
  • If your mind wanders, let it! Embrace your thoughts and see where they take you. Do they take you to an uncomfortable place? Good! Let them. Sit with them, work through them, and accommodate your emotions.
  • Or, try meditation. Pick a generic word, such as couch or carpet, and every time you inhale and exhale, say that word to yourself in your mind. If your thoughts wander, recognize that, and bring your focus back to your word.
  • If you’re at work or you’re working on a paper, take a five-minute break every hour. Take a walk or just close your eyes and block out your computer screen and cell phone. This can actually increase your productivity!
  • When you eat, focus on eating. Turn of your TV, put the phone away, and stop reading the back of the cereal box. Just enjoy your food, savor the tastes and textures. It’s the little things, people!
  • Do you blast your favorite tunes in the car? Next time, drive in silence. Weird at first, yes, but it’s a good time to practice silencing your surroundings.

It may sound silly, but everyone needs to take the time every day to block out the world, to sit in silence, and calm their thoughts and their mind. When you do “re-enter” the world, you will feel refreshed, revived and ready to tackle anything!

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