The origin of the phrase “Silence is Golden” dates back to ancient Egypt. Over the years it has taken on several meanings given the different translations, but the sentiment that silence is positive has remained.
If you’re in school, working and/or a parent, life can throw a lot at you, in those instances, moments of silence are priceless. Unfortunately, those moments don’t always naturally occur. Just like eating, sleeping, working out and anything else that is important to your wellness, silent time must be worked into your schedule.
Here are a few tips on mapping out silent time.
Wake up a little earlier than normal. If you live alone this is easy. If you have a significant other or children, this can be harder. Either way, set your alarm to wake up 15-minutes earlier than your typical time and dedicate that time to meditation.
Find a quiet place. Now you may have to get creative with this one. The bathroom, laundry room, garage, backyard or any room with a locking door are all good options.
Turn off your phone. As smartphone technology has evolved, our phones have become more of a distraction. Cut it off for 15 minutes per day and that alone can increase your quiet time.
Multitask. If you miss a day, week, month or two with no quiet time (it can happen), try using the time you shower to chill and reflect. Don’t turn on any music or podcast and leave your phone in another room. This time may be minimal but it’s a step in the right direction.
Be deliberate. People are generally creatures of habit, so if you see quiet time as a necessary in your life and practice it regularly, it will become a habit. Before you know it, you will be taking “me time” on a daily basis.
The absence of noise is beneficial to mental and physical health. We’d love to know what tips you use to slow down and carve out quiet time. Please share them with us at @mountainvalleywater.