Introverted moms, I dare you to schedule an extra 30 minutes of downtime this week.
That’s right, schedule it in! Don’t wait for a fleeting moment of peace and quiet that may never come. Claim it. Own it. Purpose to take 30 minutes for yourself to do whatever it is that relaxes and refreshes you most.
Why is this SO important?
Because downtime is as vital to introverts as the air we breathe.
Our nervous systems are wired differently than extroverts who gain energy by being out and about, socializing, and connecting with other people. As introverts, the feel good neurotransmitters in our brains start firing when we spend time alone, with our minds turned inward. This period of reflection recharges us physically and emotionally, leaving us better able to meet the never-ending energy demands of motherhood.
Friends, I spent most of my life feeling guilty about my need for downtime. Once I started recognizing its restorative properties, I began to embrace quiet moments and find ways to incorporate them into my life on a regular basis.
The effects have been profound and far reaching.
Sufficient amounts of downtime allow me to:
- Give more generously
- Be fully present in activities and conversations
- Increase productivity
- Sleep well
- Approach life with greater enthusiasm
So, what do you think? Do accept the dare? Are you ready to add a little extra downtime to your week and see its effects ripple throughout the rest of your life?
This post is part of the worldwide phenomenon known as Five Minute Friday, which is a bit of a dare itself. For five minutes every Friday, bloggers from around the globe type fast and furious using the same writing prompt. Today’s prompt was: DARE.
I’m linking up with the other Five Minute Friday writers over at Kate Motaung’s blog who have bravely accepted the dare to write with “no editing, no over-thinking, [and] no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.” I hope you’ll take time to stop by and read their thoughtful and encouraging posts!