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The Emotional Pillar of Ultimate Potentials encompasses our positive and negative energy, and the way in which we interact with those energies. It is in this pillar that we feel the value of significant relationships, and the way we react to the world around us.
Whether we identify ourselves as an introvert or an extrovert, whether we have an abundance of free time, all of us can benefit from taking a few moments to ourselves. This is backed by science: giving ourselves time to reflect can help us reduce stress and increase our productivity. We live in a fast paced, busy, hectic society. The news is full of atrocities, we have to pay the bills, we have to balance our work and personal lives. A moment away from it all every so often can recharge your energy and soothe the soul, which will inevitably have a positive effect on our mental wellbeing.
Your reaction to this may be “well, that’s easier said than done,” which is understandable and, yes, it can be true. Most of us don’t neglect alone time because we want to, but because we find it hard to fit into our day as we don’t have hours of available leisure time. The good news is you don’t need to have hours of leisure time in a day to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. There are many things you can do alone that take no time at all but will improve your mental state greatly. It’s worth the extra effort of moving your schedule around a bit!
Here are a few things you could try:
Gratitude journals: keep track of things you are grateful for. Just one thing a day can give you some positive perspective on the world. I myself find it helps me keep a positive perspective on the world when I take specific notice of the things I am grateful for. Organizing your thoughts is key to a healthy mind. Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves of the positive!
Meditation apps: there are many apps for your phone that make meditation easy. Just search the app store on your phone and many free options will be available! Remember, meditation means “to become familiar with”. What better way to fall in love with your own company than to become familiar with yourself?
Spend some time looking for some new tunes. Music soothes the soul, after all, so consider the benefits of taking some time to branch out and find some new favourites.
Indulge in the fine art of cuisine. Cooking is an activity we can all learn, and trying new, exciting foods is a great way to broaden our horizons and learn new things about our preferences.
Crafting: the act of creating can be incredibly soothing and rewarding! Whether you take up woodworking, knitting, scrapbooking, drawing, calligraphy—anything at all!—you can relish your own company by focusing on the act of creation.
Make alone time a part of your routine.
Though it may seem difficult, it is important to set aside time to partake in your rituals. Even setting aside ten - twenty minutes of your day may help you focus your mind and help you find a more relaxed and productive version of yourself. My boss for the past 15 or more years shared that she wakes up early every morning, no matter where in the world she is, just to have the first hour of the day with herself. She spends this time in quiet devotion, meditation, and listening to various mantras.
Of course, if you are unaccustomed to spending time alone, first you must figure out what things relax you and help you focus. Take the time to think about hobbies you’ve enjoyed in the past and may want to return to. Or, try new things and learn more about yourself!