“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ~Maya Angelou
Your mind needs a break every now and then from all necessarily and unnecessarily stuff that occupy its space. Sometimes we reach a point where our minds are over exhausted from thinking, over-thinking, absorbing information, solving problems, acting and reacting. We need to give that poor mind a rest to regain energy, focus and enthusiasm.
I have realized that although we take holidays, travel away, apply for those annual leaves, spend time with families and loved ones, spend all week days planning for our weekends, but how many of us actually stop thinking about work, responsibilities, chores and so many other things that occupy us. I know that most of the time while you are having your Thursday night dinner, your mind is still analyzing that last email you’ve received at 7 pm from work. I know that most of the time while you are lounging at the pool far away from home in that paradisal island, your mind is shifting between visualizing your to do list that you’ve left untackled, and panicking about it! I know that while you are having lunch surrounded with family, you are spaced out heartbrokenly reminiscing the times you had with you ex partner. You know why I know, because sometimes I caught myself red handed doing this one way or another.
Sometimes I feel like my mind is literally going to explode, so many decisions to take, tasks to finish, ideas to brainstorm, emotions to absorb, beauty to appreciate and a soul to cater for. I used to mix between being physically available and being mindful of my surroundings, and I discovered in order to relax that amazing mind we have, one of the important techniques to use is mindfulness. By being attentive to your daily thoughts and feelings and living the moment fully rather than dwelling about the past, about that message that you’ve received, about those chores that have not been finished, or about next day interview that you are dreading, you will learn to slowly declutter your mind from the unnecessary, detox it from the false and limited thoughts, and by doing so, approaching a state of calmness and relaxation.
Meditation, yoga, walking, appreciating nature, having some quality time with my kids and family, traveling, listening to music, practicing awareness and having some child’s play every now and then are some of the activities that I do to slow me down and calm my mind.
If you are leading a life which is as fast as Speedy Gonzales, you need to give that mind a well deserved KitKat break and indulge in silence!