Be quiet

I live a loud life.

I have two kids who seem to think they'll get bonus points for making the most noise.

Although I have my own office, when my door is opened I hear my teammates; they conduct telephone exit interviews.

When I drive I listen to podcasts or music.

My side business revolves around being paid to speak, for goodness' sake.

I'm not quiet very often. There's a reasonable chance you aren't either.

Yet there's something magical about transforming a noisy life into a quiet one, even if just for a few hours. This weekend I set out to do just that. I had been feeling completely overwhelmed (honestly, I was miserable) and I realized I just needed some downtime to get myself back on track.

Need to quiet the noise in your life and the noise in your brain? Here's what worked for me.

  • Actively choose quiet. After dinner on Friday night, I opted out of a movie or other interaction and got into bed, without technology or background music. I made a conscious decision to disconnect. I read. And I slept.

  • Write it down. Inevitably worries, concerns and to-dos made their way into my brain. I wrote in my journal and made lists. That helped me quiet my mind without actually addressing the items at the moment.

  • Turn off social media. Friday morning I moved Facebook to a different folder on my home screen and removed the bookmark on my laptop. Wow, the peace that comes from not seeing what everyone else is doing! I also rarely checked my phone for texts or calls. Bliss!

  • Do one thing at a time. I had been so overwhelmed by so many challenges this summer, my default mode was multi-tasking (and then mistake-making). So this weekend I was purposeful; I was able to quiet the chatter in my brain because I really focused.

I like my noisy life. But I need a break from it at times. And so do you.

Be quiet.

Photo by Mink Mingle on Unsplash

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