Solitude. I just love the sound of the word, almost as much as I love it 🙂 Why is it so hard to find though? Noise and busyness permeate our lives and sometimes it feels like our very soul. Do you have times where you just want to press pause on the world? I can imagine everything just stopping, people frozen in the middle of what they are doing, TV’s paused, phones stop in the middle of ringing. All that is left is the noise that is not man made…the birds chirping, the wind blowing. I get very overwhelmed with noise and stimulus and crave peace and quiet. When I am overwhelmed I tend to get irritable and impatient. I struggle to concentrate or make decisions. Living in a city though I can’t just remove myself the environment that threatens to overwhelm me at times.
I will share my strategies for finding some solitude and refilling my tank when it is empty….
1.Music is a balm to my soul. I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea but for me I crave time to put my headphones in and play the music that soothes me and allows me to disengage from life for a bit. I can shut everything out when my headphones are in and those that know me well, know to leave me be for a bit while I regroup.
2. Nature is an effective way to turn the sound down! Depending where you live, getting out into a national park and taking a walk or along a beach does wonders for the soul. If you live in the middle of a city, find a local park. There may still be the sound of cars and people but if you can find a spot to sit and watch the world go by, enjoy the smell of the grass and trees and the sound of birds, it is a perfect chance to press the reset button.
3. Reading a book is a great way of immersing yourself in another time and place, away from your own which just gives the brain a rest from your lengthy ‘to do list’, or the chaos of life. Reading is therapeutic and making time to get lost in a good book means you are making time to extract yourself from ‘life’ and the noise that comes with it.
These are my top three strategies but there are countless others depending on your interests:
- Going for a drive
- Bike Ride
- and of course……sleeping! A great way to reset.
Take note of when you are feeling overwhelmed. Find an activity that will help you turn the sound down and give yourself a chance to regroup.