Importance of Quiet Time

You probably know the scene: that witching hour around dinner time when the house is a-buzz with crazy kids releasing any pent up energy left over from the day as they ramshackle the family room, kitchen, and basically any other room they can get their sticky paws on. This scene in my house typically ends in one of two ways: either I turn on some music and diffuse Calm the Child essential oils while finding ways to entertain the kids while I cook dinner, or, I get impatient, annoyed, and start yelling for everyone to be quiet.

You know what they say…if mama ain’t happy, ain’t noooobody happy!

And that is very true in my house. My mood sets the tone. This can either be a great power to have, or a detrimental one. I find more and more that the latter ending occurs when I haven’t had my quiet time for the day.

I am a follower of Christ, so when I say “quiet time” I’m talking about spending time in my Bible and prayer. Your quiet time may just be a time to write in a journal, doodle, use adult coloring books, read, stretch and do yoga, workout, or what ever else it is that helps you to decompress.

There are a multitude of benefits that come from taking 15-20 minutes in quiet time each day. Even 5 minutes can make the difference between losing your cool and being cool. Here are my top 3 reasons that I need, nay require, at least 20 minutes of quiet time each day.

Settle your mind and heart

Our minds are constantly racing. We are constantly being marketed to, and our exposure to messaging and imagery has increased by the 1000s since smartphones, tablets, and laptops became so immersed in our society. It’s overwhelming!  

This is why I always go “old school” with my quiet time. I need my physical book of the Bible, a pen and/or highlighter, and sometimes a notebook. I find the more simplistic I keep my surroundings, the more energy I’ll generate from my quiet time in a shorter period of time. Going back to basics is usually applicable to any situation, and it’s no different here.

Refresh & renew

This is HUGE for me! When I don’t have my moments of quiet time, I am impatient, grumpy, and I am off my A game. My day is broken up by early morning craziness (packing lunch, feeding breakfast, getting my older guy out the door and on the bus, and then entertaining the little one), midday craziness (fulfilling all my household responsibilities, supporting my blog and social media accounts, learning new choreo for BodyFlow releases), and afternoon craziness (the craziest of all!) Whew! I’m exhausted just typing all that. When I can carve out 20 minutes in my day though during that midday break, it gives me time to build back my energy stores so that I am rearing and ready to go to get through the afternoon craziness.

Be a better person

When I take those 20 minutes to myself, and have a settled mind and heart, and am refreshed and renewed, I am able to be a better mom, wife, blogger, employee, and all the other roles that comprise my life. It’s my sanity! When we nourish our bodies with proper nutrition, proper sleep, and proper energy, we can be the best versions of ourselves.

If you’re constantly on the go, and rarely take a moment to yourself. If you’re collapsing into bed each night knowing you never slowed down through the day and yet still feeling so unproductive, consider carving out 10-15 minutes in your day to reflect on your blessing. I promise you’ll see a difference in how your day plays out!

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. ~Romans 15:4

Are you having a daily quiet time? What do you do during that time? Please let me know in the comment section below!

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Love Yourself Towards Healthy where she helps chronic dieters heal their relationship with food, fitness and body image. She is also the creator of Gain Wellness, a 5-week behavioral change program to unlearn diet culture, stop negative self-talk and set wellness goals---not appearance goals. Follow Meridith at @loveyourself2healthy on all social channels.

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