We often feel guilty if we spend an entire day doing nothing. “Don’t waste the day,” we’re told. However, time is not wasted if it’s necessary to just be S T I L L for a while. Never feel guilty for being present and giving your mind and body a rest, sometimes it is exactly what you need.
I’ve learned that I, personally, need time and space on my own to think, and recharge on a daily basis. Days when I don’t get this (aka my Wednesday’s when I go from work to class until 10pm), I feel totally off and anxious. It’s just not good for my ZEN.
No matter how stressful your day becomes, you are the only one who can pull yourself back. Forget everything for a minute – everything: what you have to do, what you did wrong, what you want for dinner. Forget it all and just be.
“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.”
Michel de Montaigne
Same. Studies say that 85% of things that we worry about, never happen. I had heard that before but never really paid attention to it, or did anything with it. Recently, I decided to test it out. Each time a situation came up that made me anxious, I made a cognitive decision to let go of that stress, until the situation is right in front of me. It was crazy to see how many of these instances I could have spent time worrying about, never even happened! I actually had a hard time believing it at first, and just decided I was #Blessed. While I do feel fortunate in my life, that’s not it at all — it is simply true that majority of these things we get so worked up about, are just our imaginations creating situations that likely may never occur.
I challenge you to also try this tactic, let go of initial worries, and see if the situations you would have been stressed out about even end up happening. Create more space for happiness and peaceful thoughts, rather than cluttering your mind with negativity and stress.
“Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.”
Michel de Montaigne