When did ‘busyness’ become a validation for living a successful life? I’m certainly guilty of feeling at times that if I’m not doing something, I’m being lazy or not living my best life. This is a self belief that I am slowly changing.
I’ve realised, albeit it later in life, that we don’t need to fill our life with ‘busyness’.
- We need to fill our life with what we see as our priorities and non-negotiables for living a healthy and happy lifestyle.
- We need to listen to our bodies as well as our mind when they tell us to slow down and relax.
It is okay to take downtime. It is healthy to take time to relax, recover and restore.
A blogging friend of mine, Pat Doyle from Retirement Transition left a comment on my post ‘Finding Balance to create a healthier lifestyle Over 50’
Lately I am working on finding the balance between doing (going out & about, movement, mini-adventures) and being (quiet time, reading, solitude). Yesterday it rained all day and I found joy in cuddling on the couch reading a novel. No 10,000 steps, no interactions, no “productivity”… I didn’t even leave the house at all. And that was OK. It is OK to take down time!
Her comment resonated with me and reminded me that we do need time to Relax, Restore and Recover.
It is so important to try to cut out the noise of our daily lives and concentrate on our inner self. Meditating or having quiet time each morning will help to start the day with inner peace and a sense of calm.
Regularly doing something just for you is not selfish. The benefits are enormous not just for you but for your family and friends.
Time out will invigorate your mind, body and soul and you will soon feel happier and with a ‘spring in your step’.
Try this exercise
Schedule some time this week to take a day for yourself and indulge. Write it in your calendar and plan the day. You will feel so much better for it.
Joining Min at Write of the Middle for Zen Tip Tuesday.