Creating Time To Think

Creating time to think and let your mind wander is one of the best ways to ease stress, regain your sense of balance, and feel pretty damn good. More than likely your day is a non-stop flood of emotional and physical activity. By four in the afternoon, you’re inhaling a double shot of anything just to make it until 6 pm. Spending the day as if you’re riding a ten-speed bicycle, constantly switching gears take constant attention to detail. When you over attend, you lose energy. And when the day leaves you emotionally and physically drained, you’re less able to cope with feelings of stress and anxiety. Hence the 7:00 PM melt down or “I gotta have a glass of wine, or my head will explode” hour. It ‘s no wonder that by the time you’re crawling into bed, your thoughts are nothing more than a jumbled mess of “shoulda, woulda’s, and coulda’s”.

“Don’t become preoccupied with what is happening around you. Pay more attention to what is going on within you”

Creating Time Alone is Good For You

Jesse Sengal of  New York Magazine explains that, “Everyone has different internal guidelines for solo outings, and these guidelines are often marked with a fair degree of irrationality”. For example, you  might not blink and eye to dining alone, but not even consider sitting alone in a movie theatre. An article in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that, If we’d just actually fight through our fears and go to that movie or restaurant alone, we’d have a good time. We’re missing out on a potentially fun experience because of ill-grounded fears. The study,reports on five experiments. Four of them involved surveys asking people which sorts of activities they preferred to do alone or in groups, and why, and the fifth involved a real-world attempt to nudge people out of their comfort zones. nymag.com

Creating time alone to ponder refreshes and replenishes your brain. Don’t think you have to fly off to a deserted island to reap the benefits of alone time. 

Here are 5 great place for you to create time to think  

The Beach

The beach is a no brainer as the perfect place to be alone with your thoughts. It’s a top pick for relaxing, but there are other natural health benefits a seaside escape offers. The sunshine boosts your serotonin level so you feel happier than being cooped up indoors. And according to research studies conducted at the Harvard Medical School being in sun provides the most natural source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for bone health, healthy skin and can help improve your mental health. But, don’t forget the sunscreen and make sure it’s an SPF of 30 or more. 

A Train Ride

Create time to think and let your mind wander by taking a short train ride. Commuting by train doesn’t suck the life energy out of you like plane travel. The best thing is, you don’t have to arrive two hours early, in fact, I, you’re better off getting to the station close to your departure time. Also, boarding the train is fast, and once you sit down, you’re in perfect “gazing out the window” position. The swaying of the train as you scan the passing landscape stimulates thought flow and inspires new ideas. 

A Bookstore

Creating time to run a Google search for an independent bookstore in your town might take up 20 minutes of your day, but it’s time well spent. Quaint and cozy bookstores are ideal if you’re looking for a space to relax and let your mind wander. And if there’s barista behind a bare whipping up coffee specials; Well, that’s better than butter.

A Porch

Create time to think on a porch or, if you live in a city, the stoop of steps outside your apartment building. Sitting on the porch can be a five or fifty minute get away when you want time away from the craziness of your day.

Your Bed

When you lay in bed tonight, don’t think about your e-mail or obsess over your incomplete to-list. Instead, occupy your mind with something relaxing, a visual image of you sitting in front of a fire or a dog sleeping in a sunny spot of a room. Let your pillow talk be a list of the things you’re grateful to have in your life. Hey, how about, “a bed to sleep in” for the first item on your list of gratitudes!  

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