How hard can it be to chill out and catch up on some zzz's? Grab a magazine, the phone, turn on the television and scroll though the laptop. Wait, that's a lot of stimulation when you're trying to decrease stimulation. It's been said over and over: "unplug." Have you done it? Really unplugged? Spent an hour or more with just your thoughts or let yourself drift into sleep? For most of us, the answer is no. "I unwind with my phone." "I like to relax while browsing websites." "Trashy tv is calming." Sure, there are plenty of times that being connected allows us to relax and enjoy ourselves. But, what about, just once, we tried something new. We put down all outside stimulation - the electronics, the conversations, the games - and sit with our thoughts and get to know ourselves a bit more. Can you handle the quiet? Does it bring serenity? Does it make you think about anything you haven't thought about in a while? Did you notice your heartbeat and how it slowed to a calming pace? New year, new opportunities for healthy change.
A healthier, happier you.