Wellness Wednesday: Taking A “Moment of Silence” for Yourself

Being well means taking care of yourself and in today’s busy and hectic world, taking that few minutes for yourself may be the hardest thing you do all day. All you need is a few minutes – a moment to yourself – to decompress, to digest, to relax. A moment of silence each day can do wonders for you.

The What

A moment of silence is a period of silent contemplation, prayer, reflection, or meditation. It is often a gesture of respect, and in this case, self-respect. Silent prayer and worship, including moments of silence practiced during other group activities have been practiced by Quakers for more than 300 years. Since silence contains no statements or assumptions concerning beliefs and requires no understanding of language to interpret, it is more easily accepted and used than a spoken prayer or observance when persons of different religious and cultural backgrounds participate together. [SOURCE: Wiki]

The How

One minute is a common length of time, though other periods of time may be chosen. A simple closing of your eyes and taking a few deep breaths will work well. During the moment of silence, people may bow their heads, remove hats, and refrain from speaking or moving places for the duration. However you choose to take a moment of silence for yourself, remember that this is your time. Do what suits you best.

The When

Most people prefer to do this early in the morning soon after awaking or in the evening before retiring for bed. You can close your eyes and “take a moment” at the time you begin to feel stress. Some people prefer to do this over their lunch breaks. “The When” is something that you will need to find out for yourself. Experiment with the different time-frames to discover what works best for you.

The Where

Anywhere where you will not be disturbed for the duration. It can be done while you’re waiting at the airport on your layover, at the beach, or even in your hotel room. If you work in a noisy office, go to the restroom and wash your hands as you close your eyes and take a moment for yourself. If you’re blessed enough to work or live near a park, take a stroll around or watch the goings-on around you. Others may choose to do this in the shower as the water rushes over you. Even if you are in a waiting room, take that moment for yourself.

The Why

Taking a moment for yourself can help reduce stress. If you meditate during your moment, the results can enhance concentration, improve sleep, manage pain, and lower blood pressure. The continuing effects may prevent illness or injury as it can refocus you and fights off the negative effects of cumulative stress.

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