Why Silence Really Is Golden

26/05/17

Why Silence Really Is Golden

Location: Shangri La Hotel, Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Fifteen minutes. That’s how long I need to clear my mind. A little moment every day just for me. A little time to sit, breathe and let perspective take control for a second. I am not afraid to say I work hard for my career and in turn I am not afraid to say things can get overwhelming for me. Some days I need some ‘me time’ more than others, but most days I try to find a small amount of silence in my work-filled day.

Often I don’t realise soon enough just how much I need to back away from my phone and computer. And there are other times when someone else needs to be the one to tell me to calm my mind; but whichever way it happens, silence is always golden in my day.

It might be first thing in the morning where I can sit without my phone, with a coffee and just take a little time with no distraction to make sure my day will be in order. It might need to be a 15 minute break in my evening, when I feel like the day hasn’t quite panned out as I wanted it to and I’m holding the tears and frustration back from breaking through. Just a pause in hectic London life to close my eyes, listen and be mindful of what I do have to be grateful for when things in the present just seem too much to handle.

I have always been a person who wonders how people find the time or even the right mindset to meditate, and although I haven’t taken the full step into complete contemplation and mindfulness, the benefits of this personal time to reflect have been incredible. Here’s how these little slices of peacefulness have affected me so far.

SLEEP

I think I have mentioned on the blog before (or you may have seen Alex dissect my weird dreams on Twitter) that sleep doesn’t always come easy to me. Even when I’m extremely tired, sleep can evade me for hours as the worries and stresses of personal and work life suddenly seem to collide, and light bulbs that have been so dim during the day suddenly appear in their hoards above my weary head. 15 minutes to breathe in an evening, wether I’m at home on the balcony overlooking the City or if I’m in a hotel room in another country where I can take advantage of a luxurious bath, it really helps the stress to fly away for a while and allows me to finally get some Z’s.

PRODUCTIVITY

My life is unashamedly based around Inthefrow. From the second I open my eyes and through every minute of my day, my end goal is always the content I produce, as I’m sure countless others focus on their careers the same way too. I can sometimes spend hours aimlessly trying to sort my day, organise my time and produce content to be proud of  and get absolutely nowhere. I’m sure every single person reading this will know that feeling of banging your head against a brick wall and there’s only one fix for me. Walk away from the endless circle of procrastination for my own mental health and my own work productivity. I can come back to my desk 15 minutes later refreshed and ready to succeed.

HEALTH

I am not a person who gets ill or who catches the bug that is making the rounds usually (*touches everything wooden within reach*) but I am the first to realise that when life gets a little too much to handle I can feel truly awful. From headaches to physically feeling run down when anxiety rears its head, to bloating and discomfort when life has handed me something I resent. When I sit down, stop and take that first relaxing breath I can literally feel the stress melt away. The connection may not be immediate for some, and may not be there at all for others, but I believe we should all take a minute to explore the link between stress and any physical ailments we may be experiencing.

MOOD

I think Alex would agree with this more than anyone else, as will other people’s closest friends and family, but if life has got too much for me I am a different person in every sense. I can’t concentrate, I get frustrated and there’s no way on earth I can ever give my full attention to a person. It’s so easy for me to lose perspective and not realise that my mood has switched even when the trigger is something as small as a deadline change or a technology glitch, but at the end of the day, what’s the worst that can happen? 15 minutes to come back to reality can make all the difference to my mood and bring a smile to my face.

Do you take any time for yourself when life gets too much? How do you cope with the stresses that get thrown towards you? I’d love to hear any more tips for a peaceful mind and a productive life!

WHAT I WORE IN SRI LANKA - SUMMER VIBES LOOKBOOK

Shots taken at the Shangri La Hotel, Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Full hotel review coming soon – but as I’ve said before and you may have seen on my Instagram, it was like paradise.

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