In a world that’s constantly switched on, it can be really difficult to switch off. There are a few things that you can do to make a little more space in both your body and your mind, and they don’t require living in a tree and renouncing society.
You knew it was coming. Yoga is one of the best ways to give yourself some time that’s just for you. Nobody is going to come up to you in savasana and ask if you could just reply to that one email by the end of the day. Luxuriate in this time set aside for you, and only you.
Say no to things you don’t want to do
If you’ve been invited to a party and you hate parties, don’t go! It’s hard to say no, but it’s even harder to say no once you’ve agreed and have to backtrack. Be honest and upfront, and all of sudden you’ll find that you have much more time, energy, and headspace for the things and people that you love.
Don’t hang out with people who bring you down
There are people who give you energy, and there are people who bring you down. Don’t hang out with people who gossip, judge, and preach. It’s not good for you or them! Instead, find a tribe who love and respect you for who you are, and are always rooting for you. It might be tough to clear out the toxic friendships at first, but it’s so worth it for everyone involved.
Switch your phone off for an hour or two
You don’t need to go on a grand digital detox to feel like you’re a good and mindful person. The reality is that we’re expected by our friends, family, and workplaces to be online all the time, so it’s tough to justify being unreachable. Take an hour or two each day to switch off when you know you’re not needed – perhaps in the morning as you get ready, or when you’re eating dinner. It’s a little bit of breathing space that will make a big difference.
Allow yourself to be bored
The best ideas come to you when you’re bored out of your mind. But when’s the last time you let yourself revel in the mundane? This can be a challenge to begin with, as we’re so used to filling our time with productive activity. But rest is just as important as hustling, so make sure you set aside time each day just to stare out of the window.
With space in the mind comes space in the body. It’s the awareness that this space creates that will take your physical practice to another level – after all, the more aware you are of your body, the better equipped you are to use it efficiently.