Negatively synonymous with: dilly-dallying, hibernation, indolence, laze, loafing, sluggishness, inertness and stupor. These descriptors probably explain why I so fiercely loathe the idea of inactivity.
Between a busy schedule of work and class and an internship and meetings and more meetings and homework and the library, I often find myself neglecting to take time to just breathe. Is it a generational issue that prevents us from slowing the f down to appreciate tranquility? Or do some of us just get so caught up in accomplishing that we forget to sit down for a few minutes and do absolutely nothing? A few of the only things that have kept me sane this term are my planner and color-coded pens. That’s when you know something is wrong.
Creativity is hard to come by if you don’t take time for yourself, whether that means sitting at Starbucks and reading the paper or going to a movie with friends. I love the advice Jenni gives in her piece about stillness. I found the following to be the most helpful and realistic in my life:
- Sit or lie in a comfortable space for a while; even if you only have 5 or 15 minutes to spare.
- If you’re waiting in line somewhere, take that time as an opportunity to be still in your heart.
- Work and focus hard for an extended period of time, then step away from the computer for a few minutes–studies have shown this actually increases productivity.
- Eat sitting down at a table; turn off your technology and taste your food; be aware of it pleasing your taste buds and nourishing your body.
- Leave your car radio off on your next drive.
Although these may seem like simple concepts, many of us fail to recognize their importance. Most importantly, take time to breathe and learn to be selfish for at least ten minutes per day.