“Perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove” – Antoine De Saint Exupery

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our thoughts that we wind up going round in round in circles, finding it difficult to concentrate on things and, because we are so distracted, not really accomplishing much. There may be signals–mental, emotional, and physical–that tell us we need to slow down and relax. Since we are so involved in things that are external to us, however, we may easily overlook what is really going on inside of us. It is during these times that we need to step back from the things that occupy our minds and take time out to connect with our inner self, giving our minds, bodies, and spirits the time they need to re-energize and heal.

At first it may seem that by taking a break we may not be as productive as we would initially like. In reality, a healthy period of rest is something that gives us a real sense of the unlimited nature of our true potential. Spending a couple of minutes walking outside, doing a few yoga poses, meditating, or simply becoming attuned to the rising and falling of our breath enables us to let go of our worries. This act brings our focus back to the things that are truly essential for us, such as our sense of oneness with the universe and our inner peace and well-being. As we begin to get in touch with this part of ourselves, we will find that our usual everyday troubles and worries become less critical and that we not only have much more room in our lives to really reflect on the issues that mean the most to us, but we are also able to bring to all the situations we encounter a much more positive and healthy outlook.

Giving ourselves respite from our daily concerns is like giving a gift to ourselves. By stepping away from the problems that seem to saturate our thoughts, we lessen the weight of our troubles and instead become more receptive to the wisdom and answers the universe has to offer us.

Day 17: Set Timers on Social Media

Task 1: Morning Routine (does not have to be in this order, just do all) (45-60min)

This should be done alone and in quiet. My noise canceling headphones have been a life saver.

Meditation  (13min) *little longer today

Move  (3min today)

Silence – Sit and do your morning minute (1min)

Journal – Set your timer and write for 10min *3 gratitude’s + anything that comes to mind* (10min)

Read – Set your timer and read anything you choose for 10 min *No blogs or social media* (10min)

Plan – Break out your mindfulness sheets or planner and set your intentions for the day. (10min)

Task 2: Set a time limit on your social-media apps.

Why: Social media apps are designed to keep your attention as long as possible. Unfortunately, “bad” or threatening news holds our attention longer. You can find your social media usage in iPhones by going to Settings > Battery. Whatever your usage is, reduce that by 10 percent.

Now, when we use social media, we can do so deliberately. Find a minimum of three posts where you can be happy for the poster. As you hit that “like” button, bask in the positive vibes you’re sending. Once you’ve found your three people to celebrate, close the app for now and go back to your productive day.

Task 3: Perform 30 minutes of walk, weighted walk, run, bike, swim, stair climb, jump

rope, punching bag, etc. (Try a combination of any of these if you’d like.) Listen to whatever you would like or nothing at all.