Last night I found myself alone in my living room. As my youngest was leaving the room, he went to toss the tv remote to me.
"No thanks." I said. "I think I'm just going to sit here in the silence."
Of course my teenager rolled his eyes, shrugged his shoulders, and said "That's so weird but ok."
And then I sat there. In the silence. No scrolling on my phone. No reading a book. No writing out a to do list. No guided meditation.
Let me tell you, those 5 minutes in silence restored and filled my soul.
Those 5 minutes were the best thing I did for myself yesterday.
You see, life can be too people-y for me sometimes. It can be too stimulating to all of my senses. And although I know that silence is what refuels me, I often forget to make time for it.
I need to do better.
What about you? What does silence do for you?
Can you take just one more minute today before you head back to your day?
Take a deep breath in and close your eyes.
Picture whatever it is that restores and refills your soul. Maybe it's silence. Maybe it's the gym. Maybe it's a book. Maybe it's coffee with friends.
Whatever it is - breathe it in.
Find a way to make time for it.
Because the more you inhale the good stuff - the stuff that refuels you, the easier it is to exhale stress and worry.