“The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.”
-Thomas A. Edison
We’ve all heard of the danger of burning the candle at both ends. Henry David Thoreau escaped to Walden Pond, MA to “live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” He removed himself from his busy life to be alone to contemplate and practice self-reliance in the quiet of the woods. He lived in the 19th century which didn’t have the noise, TV, internet and other consuming resources and activities we now live with. Most of us won’t go to such drastic measures to escape our demanding lives. However, it’s important to take time for yourself – to be alone with your thoughts and not be interrupted. We read and talk a lot about taking care of ourselves physically, which is also important, but we need to consider how to mentally take care of ourselves as well.
In the morning, I think of things I’m grateful for and offer up a prayer to start my day. I enjoy reading my scriptures. I also make a list of daily goals that I want to accomplish. Other ideas could be to read an inspiring book, write in your journal, meditate, do yoga or go on a walk. I strongly suggest not checking your email, watching TV, getting on your phone or social media until after you’re done as this can distract you from focusing on you.
If you often find yourself rushing to get ready in the morning then collapsing into bed after a frenzied day, I challenge you to wake up earlier or set aside time in the evening. Personally, I’ve always been a morning person. At the end of a long day, I just want to unwind and relax. Find what works best for you. Even if you only have 15 minutes to do an activity that calms your mind, I know that you will find more inspiration and direction for your life.
I hope that 2016 brings you much success and some quality “you” time!