Quiet Time and Relaxation

Quiet Time – a lot to Gain

We now live in a world where most of us live on Fast-forward from the minute we wake up, especially if we have a family. It’s nice to have some time out to be quiet. It could be any thing from 30 minutes to an hour or even more - maybe at work, break time, at home or somewhere else – conducive.

Do you have have at least 30mins “Quiet Time” for yourself a day?

  • Yes, I do
  • No, I don't
  • Not daily, but once in a while.
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Quiet Time is something most people are aware of, but not a lot of people are doing it. Sometimes because they don’t have time or because they don’t make the time. If you are one of those people, lets look at some benefits below:


Quiet Time first thing in the morning?

 

Some Benefits

a) Inspiration - Quietness helps find answers to situations, challenges. It could also bring some excellent ideas to your mind. Some people use it to read very good books that change them positively from the inside out.

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b) Meditation - For some it’s Yoga – meditating and relaxing the body and emotions. Some Religious people have Quiet times early in the morning. Muslims, Christians and other Religions. If you are a Christian, when you mind is quiet – your spiritual senses are very receptive. You only “hear” when you are still.

Easy Relaxation Techniques to Quieten the Body and Mind.

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c) Recharges and Refreshes – If you work in a very stressed environment, having time away on your own recharges and refreshes. If you have kids, taking time out (maybe getting someone to look after them?). Years ago, a single friend of mine was studying for a degree and found it challenging concentrating on studies/assignments. Once in a while, at weekends, I’d take the kids out and she enjoyed the peace and quiet - then she had a clear mind to get on with her assignments.

d) Remembering Friends/Family

Brings to memory friends you might have forgotten or haven’t been in contact with for awhile. There are times in life when, something happens and it’s a particular friend who can help. In my experience, it’so embarrassing calling that person knowing I haven’t spoken to them for maybe 2 months. Sometimes, I think maybe they are thinking "oh! so now you remember me." but they are very nice. You could even go through your diary and see whose birthday is coming up next.


e) Evaluating

It helps you evaluate/reflect on your life and plan the next step of action. Example.: Jo Bloggs - everyday wakes up in the morning, rushes to work. Has half an hour break, sandwich in front of computer. Leaves 5pm, arrives home 7pm tired. He has wife/kids who are expecting to spend time with him. Weekends busy, friends visiting. Family time. If he continues every week like that, with no quiet time for himself, he might be losing out a lot in life except for the two week family Summer holiday and Christmas. I believe there is much more he could do with his life and for his family, if only he took time out for himself.

So, how about taking out some Quiet Time for yourself daily or few times a week. Time makes all men equal (we all have 24 hours/day). If managed well, we can find “Quiet Time” and live in the moment.


Hmmm... I guess people have different ways of relaxing

Quietness Quotes

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” Mahatma Gandhi


”You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly. . . spending quiet
time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.” Susan L. Taylor

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

This is a great hub. Quiet times energize us.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Lady E, Wonderful! You have shared some of the great benefits of being....... "Quiet"! Nice photos as well! Much love & Blessings!


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amulets 6 years ago from Singapore

Yes. I always give myself the quiet time by doing meditation. It is always so refreshing thereafter. Thanks for the hub.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Quiet time is certainly a benefit that for many of us is a luxury. This of course should be separated from driving or sleeping! I wish that America would adapt siesta as a form of relaxation. I'm sure that there would be less crime, stress, and would create happier people :) Thank you for sharing such an important message!


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

You're right Lady_E. Without quiet time and relaxation life gets horrible. Science is rediscovering that a good nap has hundreds of benefits and at least 10 minutes of relaxation every day should be compulsory. Ending burned out has no use. :) As Winston Churchill used to say if you take a rest before being tired you never get tired.


Jim  6 years ago

hello young lady,

u r good!

this is so right on!

much appreciate that God given talent u clearly posses, to be able to come up with all of this. Keep going ok?

respectfully

Jim


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I fully agree with you and so far I have not done so. I will, however, try to do so and work on it. Thank you for a great hub.


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Pete Maida 6 years ago

My quiet time is an hour or so between the time I wake up and the time I get out of bed. I have gotten many of my best writing ideas during that time.


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fits4life 6 years ago from Richmond

This hub is very important. So many times we allow other things to consume us and we don't take time out for ourselves. Not having quiet time can result in a whole list of health issues as well, because we can get overwhelmed with the issues of life. Great hub.


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

Very good advice, Lady E. Surely, everyone can find 20-30 minutes a day to relax, reflect and recharge the mind and body. For me, it helps to organize the day and get positive thoughts flowing. Your right, in this hectic world we live in quiet time helps us cope with the stress we're bound to encounter. Thanks :)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thanks Putz. That's true.

** Thanks a lot Deborrah - appreciate ur comments.

** Great Habit - Amulets. Thanks.

** Hello Dohn, Lol. I agree, infact siesta's should be included in break times. I hear in places like Spain/Italy, offices/shops close in the afternoon for Siesta. Thanks for stopping.

** Cheers Hypnodude - I like that Quote.

** Thanks Jim, Nice to hear from you again.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Hello Hello, that's nice to know and I believe you will enjoy the experience and reap lots of benefits. :)

** That's excellent to know Pete. Thanks for sharing that. It will inspire lots of Writers. Regards.

** Totally agree with you, fits4life. Thanks.

** That's true Jai - Sets a nice tone for the day. Cheers.


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midnightbliss 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

several minutes of quiet time everyday is very important specially with the trend in society. for me, when my mind is crammed with all sorts of things. it really helps me to be quiet and organize those ideas in my mind.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I had a very stressful job that eventually led me to the benefits of Yoga, and now I use it to quiet my mind whenever I can. I can't stand on my head like the fellow in the picture, but I do the best I can.

There is a nature trail that leads to a small pond about three blocks from my home. I sometimes go there when I need help from the environment to quiet my mind. I don't go there much in the winter, but I love to walk the trail in the spring and fall.

We certainly all need more relaxation and quiet time than we get.

Thanks, this was a great hub!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Midnightbliss - that's nice to know. We are so much more effective when our minds are calm - so to say.

Thanks for stopping. :)

** Hello Mike, I'm glad you found Yoga useful to help you at that stressful time. It's amazing how much time people in stressful jobs take off work (sick). Some weeks, some months and covered with a doctors note. It's nice you found a way and continue to use other ways. Lovely ways of relaxing too.

Thanks. :)


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Zac828 6 years ago from England

Inspirational. Just the images themselves inspired quietness and thought.

It is true that time is needed to re-charge. I find myself in a dark place at times and need to just stop and let the chaos fall away.

Great hub.


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Greenheart 6 years ago from Cambridge

Hi lady E.

Thanks for the hub!.

Quiet time is good,certainly.

I too do yoga.And meditate.

And it is a balancing act to go for your goals in life and to have reflective time and insight time too.

And i have found quiet time can also get one in touch with the icky emotions,the stuff we dont want to feel.

Have a happy day.Gavin


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andromida 6 years ago

Spending quiet time surely gives me lots of innovative ideas,but unfortunate I don't find time for relaxing on a regular basis.Thanks for the link-i checked it its really great."Time makes all men equal"-very inspirational,thanks a lot lady_E.


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Jane@CM 6 years ago

I love and value my quiet time. When I do not get it, I get cranky!


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

I love the concept of quiet time. I try to quiet the thoughts in my head on a regular basis. Sometimes they don't stay quiet until I write them down. So, I think I'd have to do that exercise before I try again.

Great idea Lady E, thanks for an informative hub.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Cheers Zac, I'm glad you take time-out. Thanks for stopping.

** That's true Gavin. Nice to read from you again. Have a Happy day, too. :)

** Hi Andromida, we just have to somehow plan out time. Sometimes I'm tight on time too. Maybe, have it every other day then - so your innovative ideas flow. Best Wishes.

** Lol Jane - True. It can really get some people snapping. I'm glad you have time-out. Regards.

** Hello Duchess, I like that system. Nice to read from you.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Lady E...

I came here recommended by Duchess! I am so glad I did! When I wake up in the morning, I take my time to thank the Great Architect for all the wonderful things he`s given me and the beautiful things waiting for my day ahead.

Great hub!

Two thumbs up!

Warm regards and blessings,

Mystique


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Mystique - for stopping. I like your attitude of Gratitude. Thanks for sharing. Best Wishes.

Nice of Duchess to refer you. :)


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

i learnt the quality of quieting my spirit, soul and body numerous years ago. Recharging is so vital to our system, especially as living a spirit filled Christian lifestyle. There is always room for more of God. Great hub and classic photos.


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free ubuntu now 6 years ago from http://freeubuntunow.com

I find the older you get, the more quiet you need. Background noises take its toll and hearing isn't as sharp. Many things are just noise. The style of music becomes more mellow, and sometimes that's noise. We must have quietness and meditate more for the mind to stay fresh. We find a desire for peace and quiet and do what it takes to get it. For me, it's fishing by myself and enjoying similar scenes like the pics in your article, with just me and nature. Although I sometimes take my laptop with me and write while the pole is in the water.

Great article. Very impressive.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Totally agree with you - Saintatlarge. "There is always room for more". The place you are sitting in your photo is a beautiful place for relaxing. Thanks for stopping.

** Thanks Freeubuntu - That's a lovely way to relax. I think being near water can make one serene. Thanks for your comments.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Really nice hub. Quiet times are a great time and place to find and receive balance. AND just would like to let you know that I really enjoyed you poem 'Sleep Not'. That was me some years ago, when I read it, it was very understandably experienced. Keep up the good work !!!!!!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Aaaawh. Thanks Support Med for taking time to read my poems too. (that was one sad poem).

I'm glad you enjoy the benefits of Quiet times.

Best Wishes. :)


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Gigi2 6 years ago from UK

This is a great hub and so true. Without some time alone I would go potty. I love hubby and the kids to bits, but I need that space to recharge. Hubby too. I make sure he gets at least 20 mins or more when arriving home from the city to be alone, then we can get together and enjoy our evening. Love all your hubs, so wise and helpful.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Gigi, that's a lovely comment. I'm glad I learnt something here to give one's other half a break when they come home. I'm sure it makes such a difference. I'm glad you stopped by. :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Thanks for the relaxing, peaceful Hub. This was a very useful read... and a reminder that we all need to find time to relax regularly. Great pictures to go along with your writing and great quotes in the end.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Cheers Kaltopsyd - thanks for the warm comments. Glad you enjoyed it. Taking a little time to chill out certainly makes a lot of difference. Regards.


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suny51 6 years ago

Beautiful peace of writing.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Cheers Suny - Nice to see you here. :)


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals

Hello Lady E,

Very nice hub. Just reading already relaxes my mind. I give quiet time for myself usually first thing in the morning and while I pray before I sleep (so lucky I get the chance of gazing the stars from my window)... I find it so divine. Thanks so much for writing this, lovely photos too! My votes!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Tonipet, it's so lovely that you can see the stars from your window. Lovely of you to stop by. Cheers.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I don't know how I would survive without my morning quiet times. I cherish them, it is what keeps me balanced. Great post and hopefully it will steer readers to develop a daily time for reflection and relaxation.


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK Author

@Teaches12345

Thanks Diane. It certainly does keep us balanced. Starting the day like that has a very good impact. Best wishes. :-)


Betty 11 months ago

Great hub, thanks for sharing! I´m a huge fan of yoga and other relaxation methods, such as meditation and relaxing music. I´ve been looking around Youtube for a while now, searching for good music to meditate to. I found this one channel, which even produces videos with nature sounds. I loved it and it really calms you down. In case you´re interested, here´s a link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OknuYKwqdGQ&index=...

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