By Eric Perry, PhD-c
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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~ Aristotle
When was the last time you had a day to yourself? If you are like most people it was probably a while ago. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded by external stimuli. All of the noise has caused many of us to lose touch with our inner voice. Whether it is five minutes or an hour, having time to ourselves is a luxury that many of us do not have. It is important to set aside time for the sake of our well being. Making time to sit with your thoughts is a great way to reconnect with yourself. Why not spend some quality time with yourself by having a date with yourself!
Here are some things you can do on your date!
1. Turn off social media
Disconnect from social media! This includes Snapchat, Tumbler, Instagram, dating apps, Facebook, Reddit and yes even WordPress. As I am writing this it amazes me how many ways there are to keep us distracted and disconnected from ourselves and others. How dependent have we become on social media? When was the last time you took a mindful break? It might be difficult at first, but I promise you will survive! You will have more time to yourself, be more relaxed and happier.
2. Start a journal and document your journey of self-discovery
Start a journal and make a list of what interests you. It might be difficult at first, but ask yourself, “What really matters to me?” and “What would I like to explore about myself?” Maybe you would like to learn a language or learn to play a musical instrument. Perhaps you want to re-read your favorite author or find a new author to appreciate. A journal will be a great way to document your interests and personal-growth.
Take time to reflect on where you are in life and where you see yourself in the future. Visualize where you would like to be and write it down in your journal. Then, take the steps to make it happen!
The benefits of exercise are numerous. Not only is exercise good for your health, but it is an excellent way to connect with your mind and body. You can walk, run, do yoga or any other form of exercise. It is important to have a healthy balance between mind and body in order to feel whole and healthy. I recommend trying a walking meditation. It can be done anywhere there is room to walk. As you walk, pay attention to your movements. Feel every step. The idea is to stay present and aware of your body. Give it a try!
5. Do absolutely nothing
For most, this is a difficult thing to do. Give yourself permission to do nothing! Find a comfortable place in your home and let yourself just be. I do not mean for you to meditate, reflect or do anything else. Just relax your mind and body. Let yourself just get comfy. If you happen to take a nap, great!
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