13 Things by Amy Morin – Chapter 11

“They Don’t Fear Alone Time”

This chapter focuses on the importance of alone time and how it can be beneficial in your life. I hope you enjoy this post and find some time to be alone with your thoughts on your happy and healthy adventure. 🙂 ❤

“Take at least ten minutes every day to sit quietly by yourself and do nothing but think” (204-205).

Here’s some ideas for what to think about during those 10 minutes (205):

  • Reflect on your goals
  • Pay attention to your feelings
  • Set goals for the future
  • Write in a journal

“You don’t have to stay home to appreciate solitude. Instead, choose to do something that you may not normally do when you’re with people” (207).

Think of an activity you love to do and schedule a date to do it on your own. If you love nature, go for a hike.  Just remember to be alone with your thoughts.

“Mindfulness is about developing an acute awareness of what is happening within the moment without forming judgment” (209).

I took a college course about how to be a resilient educator, and one of the topics discussed was mindfulness. For the quarter, we were assigned to fill out a log with different mindfulness exercises we did throughout the day. Mindfulness is powerful and really lets you appreciate what you are doing in the moment.

What’s Helpful (213-214):

  • Learning how to appreciate silence
  • Taking a few minutes every day to be alone with your thoughts
  • Scheduling a date with yourself at least one time a month
  • Learning how to meditate to quiet your mind
  • Practicing mindfulness skills to focus on one task at a time
  • Journaling to sort out your emotions
  • Reflecting on your progress and goals daily

What’s NOT Helpful (214):

  • Keeping background noise on at all times
  • Hurrying from one activity to the next and focusing on constantly producing something
  • Filling your calendar with social engagements without leaving any time for yourself
  • Believing that meditation couldn’t possibly be helpful
  • Multitasking and zoning out throughout the day
  • Assuming that journaling is a waste of time
  • Looking at your to-do list and judging each day’s progress by how many things you’ve accomplished

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