After a long and stressful week of working, or even after the day’s events, sometimes I just want to sit in silence. There are days when I will sit in my meditation space, and instead of journaling or doing a guided meditation, I will just sit there and watch the candles as they flicker into the night.
Stillness is something that was at one point foreign to me, but now I’ve grown to crave it. As a form of self-care, stillness helps to slow you down and appreciate the present moment. It also helps to calm your spirit when dealing with highly anxious and stressful moments.
I don’t believe in there being a “specific” time you are mandated to practice stillness; it is something you can take with you throughout the day and night. I have practiced stillness in the morning, the middle of the day and even late at night before I go to bed. It’s a great tool I use and it’s been in my self-care arsenal for a while :).
Here are a few tips on how you can get into using stillness as a self-care tool in your everyday life.
Ways to practice stillness:
- Take slow deep breaths when breathing.
- Do not force it.
- Schedule time to be still.
- Remain calm. Avoid distractions.
- Listen to soft music.
This week, see if there is a moment in your day where stillness can be beneficial to improving your mood and allowing you to find the calm amongst all the chaos. 🙂