Over the holidays I was lucky to be able to spend some time at home. As we live surrounded by beautiful countryside it was the perfect opportunity to explore, and fit in some exercise with my nordic walking poles.
We’ve had some beautiful mornings so it was easy to get going. Keen as I am to make lots of plans for the new year, I had loaded a business podcast onto my phone and popped my earphones in! Here I am earphones in, striding along and chuffed that I was outside, breathing in the air and learning at the same time.
But then it struck me as I was taking a photo of the beautiful sunrise that I should have been taking advantage of this precious me-time. The sort of quality, restorative, energising time that we all crave – and yet I was ruining it by thinking that I was doing some really great multi-tasking! I was even looking at the sunrise over the landscape through a camera lens rather than really looking at it through my own eyes.
We are constantly stimulated by technology, social media, friends and family that it has become natural to be doing several things at once and squeezing as much out of our time as is possible. This puts a huge strain on our minds and bodies as we never quite switch off.
So I took out my earphones and it was wonderful. I was walking along country roads with no traffic, surrounded by the sounds of nature, warm light on the horizon and fresh winter air. I took in long deep breaths as I walked and let my thoughts flow freely without the voices of the podcast or the radio talking over me. It really was bliss. I have since promised myself to spend more time relaxing without noise, and even though music can be motivating, I definitely recommend spending some time training yourself to appreciate quiet – take a moment.