I love this post from My Simpler Life
and so I have recycled this post (with some edits) for both myself and my readers to remember.
Stop what you are doing and listen around you. Is the TV on with no one watching it? Or maybe you are listening to a podcast while you read some blogs?
Does your desk mate have their music on too loud?
Or maybe you hear the whirl of a zillion technologies grooving?
For many people, the first thing they do when they come home is turn on the TV for background noise. When they get into their car it’s time to check the mirrors, check the gas, and turn on the tunes.
Moms with young kids know it’s tough to get any time with quiet.
But, all the extra noise rattles the body, mind and soul. And you can’t hear yourself think. Wouldn’t you like a little quiet?
The quietest time is early morning if you can get up before the family. But since that isn’t always possible, here are some other ideas:
...Can you have a closed door policy
for an hour a week either at home or at work, so you get some quiet, thinking, creative time?
...How about not turning on the car radio
one day? If no one is in the car, it can be the only quiet time you have all day.
...Take a deep breath
between tasks. Don’t just rush from task to task. Center yourself. Check to see if you need to do a quick attitude adjustment.
...Get out into nature
often. The soothing stream, call of birds, and rustling leaves is relaxing and renewing.
under a tree, in a hammock or in your rocking chair. And don’t hop up to do something else.
the TV, music and clothes washer for a little bit. Instead of TV, you can look at photo albums, watch the backyard squirrels, or scan the stars.
...Find solace in the bathtub
quiet as a family
like reading or doing a craft. They need quiet time, too.
...Write your thoughts
in a journal to settle your mind.
. Quit your work for a few minutes each afternoon and enjoy some tea and cookies or whatever treat you like.
What is your favorite way to have quiet in your day?