One of the ways we can do this is by intentionally taking time out of our busy lives to stop, simply stop what we are doing, even if only for a few minutes, to rest and reflect. Taking time to reflect is a great way to boost our mental health and recoup. When we relax, we can focus on the many positive things in our life. We’re reminded of the people and things we’re grateful for and are better able to think of ways to improve ourselves.
You’re probably thinking, “Nothing in my schedule can give, so how can I make any extra time?” Or you might be thinking, “I’ll never have any time for myself just to sit and think!” We can all relate.
So here are some tips for finding a bit of time for reflection.
Adjust your schedule. We make our schedules based on priorities. Of course, we all have obligations during the day, but there are most likely some areas in your schedule that can be moved a little. If you have time to stream multiple shows, you have extra time. If you tend to say yes to every invite, you have room to flex your schedule. Consider areas in your life where you can make a little more time (that may mean putting other things on hold).
If you don’t have any wiggle room, try adding just a few minutes of reflection time. Take 5-10 minutes before bed, a few extra minutes in the shower, or even when you’re waiting in that after-school pickup line. Just a few minutes a day can help improve your mindset.
Use your time wisely. Now that you’ve found a few minutes, what do you do with this time? This is where you allow yourself to think clearly, to reflect, and let go of the stresses that build up daily. Maybe streaming shows is how you relieve stress, and that’s OK from time to time. But you should also allow yourself time to take walks, listen to soothing music, take a warm bath, or just sit alone with your thoughts and notepad.
You can also use this time to clear your mind and meditate for a few minutes or you might write down three things you’re grateful for that day.
Create a relaxing area.
It can also help if you create a physical space that allows you to relax. This might involve closing the door to your bedroom for a few personal moments or creating a cozy spot in your house that you go to for reflection. Keep this area clean and clutter-free. Another great way to increase relaxation is by using a calming scent. Aroma has been proven to lift the spirits, help you relax, and create a general sense of well-being.
Taking this time allows you to participate in real reflection. You can consider what you’re truly grateful for and the changes that need to be made with more clarity. It gives you time to unwind, let go, and move forward with more positivity in the days ahead.