The Importance of Spending Time Alone

Can you stand yourself? Really think about it. Can you stand being alone, listening to your thoughts without the television creating noise, or your favorite song blaring from the iPod dock speakers? What about giving into the temptation of texting your friends, checking Facebook or Twitter updates? Technology is awesome nowadays but every now and then we need to unplug ourselves and get back to the basics. Remember the stories that our grandparents and parents used to tell us about “back in the day, when times were slower.” We always thought to ourselves, “sounds like a boring life.”  But older generations actually have a valid point. Think about it. There has been so much research, books and articles written on finding happiness. Living a slower life and having the abilty to entertain ourselves, by ourselves is vital to our well-being.

The importance of setting aside time to relax alone is beneficial to decision making. Because now you are able to hear your inner voice, hopefully loud an clear. Also, people that are dependent types have the opportunity to develop independence. A necessary aspect of happiness is not to rely on others to make you happy, because let’s face it, people are running in and out of our lives all the time. Happiness is not given to you, it’s a choice. We choose to be happy or unhappy.

If your daily schedule is packed from sun up to sun down, consider taking 10 or 15 minutes to yourself in the bathroom. Drive your car without the radio on and keeping your hands off the cell phone and simply and be with your thoughts and the road. Focus on yourself for a change. A simpler life is beneficial. So give it a try! Maybe a month and pay attention to the positive opportunities that are presenting themselves. You are likely to experience a bliss beyond your imagination if you give it a try. Have you tried it already? Share it here.

Breathe…1, 2, 3

We all do it, and if you are not doing it, then you’re dead. Each breath we take is obviously keeping us alive and when we take really deep breaths, it calms the nerves. But did you know where our breath comes from is essential to keeping toxins out of our bodies? Entertainment news reporter Maria Menounos, discusses a breathing method in her book, A Girl’s Guide to Life. A helpful read that provides everyday tips for balancing life’s responsibilities, health and beauty. A fantasitic read if you are looking for advice from a successful modern woman like Maria. In the book, she discusses a breathing technique that I have tried out and I must admit, it is difficult to maintain at first, however it does work. Instead of allowing your chest to rise and fall with each breath, focus on your stomach instead. Breathing from the abdomen while keeping the chest still. This helps remove toxins from your lower lungs that normal and tense breathing does not do.

It took about 5 minutes of practice until I was able to accomplish this method of breathing. Right away, I felt calm and relaxed as if I had just had a massage! Over time most people breathe from their chest and tense their abdomen because of stress and anxiety. I was tense in my mid-section too but at least my abs benefited! Be sure to check out the video for some great breathing tips!