Give yourself some quiet time.
Tip # 3 for the holiday season: Give yourself some quiet time.
It’s so important to check in with yourself each day. When life gets busy, there can be a bit of a snowball effect. Busyness begets busyness. And if we don’t take some time every day to interrupt the “snowball” from rolling, it gets bigger, faster, and harder to stop, leading to burning out or, to keep with the snowball analogy, crashing into a wall. Meditation is one excellent way to create an intentional pause in your day, but if that’s not your thing, that’s okay -- there are plenty of other ways to experience some inner quiet.
Here are some quiet time rituals from the Calm team:
Jade: There’s nothing quite like curling up on the sofa and reading a good book, or listening to a relaxing podcast. I don’t like to make plans for every day of the week, so I make sure I have at least two weekdays where I can have quiet time, and I book this in when making plans. If that’s not possible, if I am traveling a lot by train or bus, I listen to the Commuting and Calming Anxiety meditations. It means I can have some quiet within the chaos of travel!
Christi-an: I try to put myself to bed an hour before I want to be asleep and give myself a 10-minute belly massage (it helps with my digestion), followed by some calming stretches (check out my Evening Wind Down series in the app under Calm Body) and then I read until I get sleepy. I know that I’m over stimulated when I’d rather watch TV, which for me, is always fun in the moment but leaves me feeling groggy in the mornings.