For those who work in a caretaker’s role, the day is filled with chores, deadlines, commitments and lengthy “things to do” lists. One of the items that might be missing is simple quiet time. With life throwing so many things at people at once, it’s sometimes easy to forget the need to have quiet time for contemplation, relaxation and a little alone time.
It’s a habit many people practice.
Busy People Need Quiet Time
According to the Harvard Business Review, the busier people are, the more quiet time they need.
Extended periods of quiet can not only cut out all the “clutter” coming from outside sources, but also quiet the interior “chattering” that most people experience when they are going “a mile a minute.”
Many well-known people practice this habit. The Harvard Business Review lists a few from both the past and present, including:
- Author J.K. Rowling
- Biographer Walter Isaacson
- Famed psychiatrist Carl Jung
- Political leaders such as California Gov. Jerry Brown and Ohio congressman Tim Ryan
Even if you are not running a government or trying to write a novel, quiet time provides benefits. Numerous studies have shown that quiet time can have restorative powers on the nervous system and help people sustain energy.
It also can make the mind more receptive and flexible in dealing with the complex environment that most people experience in the modern digital age.
What Studies Have Found
A study from Duke Medical School found that quiet time actually helps develop new cells in the area of the brain associated with learning and memory.
Other studies have found that simple quiet time can prove healthy to both the cardiovascular and respiratory systems – even more than relaxing music.
Science seems to back up what people already know: some quiet time can lead to a calm, more centered feeling. That’s especially important for those with stressful jobs or those who take on the responsibility of caring for a family member.
Some ideas for creating quiet time include taking a break from all media. This means turning off the television, computer and even setting aside your smartphone.
Another good idea is to take a walk in nature for an hour in the morning or afternoon, whichever works best for your schedule. As noted at Hope Grows many times, communing with nature has many beneficial effects. It might even become one of the best parts of your day.
For caretakers everywhere, it’s important to know how important quiet time can be. Take some time for yourself, whether you do it at home or in the many different therapeutic activities supported through places such as Hope Grows.