When it comes to teaching our kids the important things in life, we all try to do the basics of making sure they are good people, get a great education and eat as healthy as possible, etc. But one thing I know I want to add to that list is to teach my children the importance of taking quiet time during the week.
The society we live in seems to push on us to constantly be moving, multi-tasking, filling every last moment of every day with something and often stretching us far beyond what we can physically and emotionally handle. What’s wrong with allowing ourselves to slow things down a little and actually just enjoy things a bit? Nothing, nothing at all.
I was struck with a sickness last year that left me incredibly fatigued. It was to the point where I’d get up, get the kids to school and almost need to go back to bed when I got home. It lasted for weeks. While I still needed to keep up with daily tasks, it was during this time that I learned to stop midday everyday and take some quiet time. I didn’t allow myself TV, cell phones, computers, etc. Just some time to sit, relax and enjoy a cup of hot tea. I didn’t let myself think about any responsibilities – you know how we get, creating to-do lists in our head, stressing over things bothering us, etc. No, this was just a time to be still. If I had extra time, I’d allow myself to read a book for little bit.
You know what I discovered? Just sitting briefly for 5 to 10 minutes helped me really recharge for the rest of the day. My energy almost seemed to double and I was able to get through the day.
That sickness is long gone but I have kept those practices in place. It may not be everyday but at least several times a week.
And a few months ago, this was on my mind when I stumbled upon creating a “Quiet Zone” in our house. Our Christmas tree was packed up leaving a huge gapping space in our living room. I resisted the urge to fill up that space with anything as the openness felt like a breath of fresh air. One day when I was out shopping, I just happened to find the fuzziest rug that I knew the kids would love and that matched several pillows we had that we weren’t using. When the kids came home from school, they were surprised to find “The Quiet Zone.”
Initially I figured this would be a temporary thing but if I were to remove it now, it would cause the biggest uproar in our household. lol. You see, the kids have come to treasure this area of the house. I figured it would be a spot for “chillin'” and reading books and such but here’s what I’ve noticed–they love to just lay there and do nothing at times. Kids—they are far smarter than us so often! They’ve already realized that sometimes, we just need quiet.
What’s wonderful is that the family has all been respectful when they see someone in The Quiet Zone. We do our best to keep quiet if we are also in the room or to go elsewhere for a bit. And I had to laugh one day when I realized we weren’t the only ones who thought this was valuable real estate in the house….
It was amusing as the kids were all, “Shhh, someone’s in the Quiet Zone!”
I just wanted to share this with all of you as I think you’ll find out what I have—that those times of quiet will get you through the day more than once. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on it either. Just carve out some space and make it special somehow.
I hope that you find great peace by taking time to just stop and shut out all the noise of the world for a bit each week.