The Hidden Benefits of Private Space
When was the last time you found a quiet corner for yourself to occupy so that you could retreat from the world for a few precious minutes and really relax on your own? I don’t mean a quiet corner where you can lose yourself in the distractions of your smartphone, tablet or laptop. I mean a place and a moment where you can withdraw from the constant demands and distractions of the day. A place where you can focus all your attention inwards and appreciate the wonder of your own mental landscape.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. – Aristotle
Our lives are often dominated by the needs of work, family, children, health, pressure, stress, anxiety and a host of competing responsibilities. That’s exactly why we need to create some space for ourselves every day and take a much-needed break.
Let’s face the facts: it’s incredibly healthy for you to find some time just for you. It isn’t selfish and it doesn’t detract from your other duties and responsibilities. But it will help to restore some much-needed balance to your life, your wellbeing, your creativity and your potential for personal happiness.
So, make a clear declaration right now that you’re going to set aside some time for yourself every single day. Use the space for whatever you feel is most important to boost your health, your inner balance and wellbeing.
Your thinking will become clearer. Your mind will function more efficiently. Your vision of the future will become clear only when you can pause, relax and look into the realms of your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. – C.G. Jung
Use the time to meditate. Learn to relax for a few minutes and allow yourself the luxury of dreaming. Breathe more deeply and think about your goals. Reflect on your own personal needs and your welfare. Consider the things that you feel are missing from your life. Ask yourself why your life doesn’t contain these missing ingredients. Think about what you might need to do to make your life happier, stronger, more rewarding, more fulfilling. Make this an essential part of your daily routine. Set aside time to make plans for yourself. Visualise your future.
Focus on you for a while and use your special time to consider how to improve your health and wellbeing. Let the seeds of creativity take root in your imagination and germinate in your daily actions. Let these new ideas help you to fulfil your individual needs, opening up greater possibilities for self-expression, greater success and personal fulfilment. Creating this essential distance between yourself and your daily round of work and responsibilities can give you a much clearer perspective on your circumstances. It can help you to see everything with a refreshing degree of clarity.
In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. – Albert Camus
As you take care of others and your daily responsibilities, make absolutely sure that you take all the time you need to take good care of yourself as well. And, whatever plans emerge in your mind, be sure to write them down. Make a simple declaration that you are going to do whatever’s necessary to fulfil your goals and dreams.
Let these moments of precious contemplation be the source of fresh insights for you. Let them offer you the guidance you need to formulate the great plans you can use to move your life forwards.
And then – the next step in the process is to take the appropriate action!
The only journey is the one within. – Rainer Maria Rilke