A particularly annoying problem in many of our lives is not having enough time alone in which to think, pray, read, or to simply bask in peace and quiet. We are constantly interrupted by the day to day requirements of our work-life, children, spouses, partners, and quite often…technology. Unattended to, these extended periods of energy draining “normalcy” can end up causing unnecessary stress, anxiety, suppression and maybe even depression.
It is a MUST to find time to be alone each day.
You will soon reap the benefits of this “extra” time if you can just begin to carve it out of your routine. Once you are able to step back and clearly see what is going on around you on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis; you can better learn to improve your circumstances or to simply be content with them.
But take note! Time alone does not mean mindlessly scrolling through social media timelines, flipping channels, or browsing the web. Those things are not going to help you to reflect on important goals, or to think of better and more productive ways to live the life you have been blessed with.
It shouldn’t be, but training ourselves to spend time quietly alone is well……kind of hard at first. Maybe you can start like I did, with smaller increments of time..like 15, 20, then 30 minutes and build your way up to an hour. Try not to turn on the news or check your Facebook page. I want to share 5 ways that you may be able to carve out extra time each day in which to reflect on things you want to improve, activities you can cut back on, pursue your destiny, deepen your prayer life, or spend much needed distraction-free time with friends and family.
- Watching TV. Try cutting back on the amount of television you watch each day. See how it makes you feel. Do you even miss it?
- Slow down on surfing the web. Same here. Try cutting back on the amount of time you browse the web or social media. Hey, what’s more important? No one is saying you can never do it; you will simply have to do it in a condensed time-frame.
- Get up earlier or Go to bed late. Sometimes the key to finding the time we desire is to grasp it during the early morning hours when everyone else is asleep. If you are not a morning person (like me but I’m learning), try staying up for an hour after everyone goes to bed. See what works best for you.
- Go home when you get off from work. Stop agreeing to attend every after work office gathering or social meetup group. Skip these events and spend that hour becoming a better you and regaining your sanity.
- Stop trying to be a clean freak. One of the hardest things for me was relaxing on the amount of cleaning I did through the week. A mom of two sons, I felt like all I did was go to work and come home to clean. Try to lower your standard just a bit. Break up large jobs into smaller daily tasks and use the extra time to meditate, think, pray or simply sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee. Welp, that would be my drink of choice.
The most important thing to remember is to use this time to be better, Don’t waste it with another meaningless activity. You’ve worked way too hard to find it.
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