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THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A REST AND QUIET TIME ROUTINE

This weekend, I baked some Rosemary Focaccia Bread, and while I was waiting for the dough to rise, I thought about how important it is for us to have well-balanced rest time and a clear mind to grow. Rest is essential to recharge and regain strength, just like bread needs time to rise and prove. When we don't get enough rest, we become overwhelmed and prone to making mistakes, causing us to overlook important things. For children and teens to thrive and be productive, it's crucial to maintain a balance between activities, quiet time, and rest time. We should encourage our children to incorporate rest periods into their schedules. This quiet and rest time will help them maintain clear minds, gain new strength, and have more energy. Here are a few recommendations on how to create a quiet time routine:

 

  1. Choose a specific time each day for quiet time and stick to it. Consistency helps establish a routine and makes it easier for everyone to anticipate and prepare for quiet time.

  2. Create a designated quiet area in your home where family members can retreat for quiet time. This space should be free from distractions and noise, allowing for peaceful relaxation and focus.

  3. Encourage family members to disconnect from electronic devices during quiet time. Limiting screen time helps reduce stimulation and allows individuals to unwind and quiet their minds.

  4. Provide a variety of quiet activities for family members to enjoy, such as reading books, journaling, drawing, coloring, doing puzzles, or practicing mindfulness exercises like deep breathing or meditation.

  5. Develop routines to signal the start and end of quiet time. They could include lighting candles, playing soft music, or practicing a short mindfulness exercise together as a family.

  6. Teach family members to respect each other's quiet time by maintaining a peaceful atmosphere and refraining from interrupting or intruding on each other's space during this time.

  7. Use quiet time as an opportunity for self-reflection and introspection. Encourage family members to spend time alone with their thoughts, reflecting on their feelings, goals, and experiences.

  8. Be flexible and open-minded when establishing a quiet time routine. Allow each family member to customize their quiet time experience based on their preferences and needs.

  9. Set a positive example by participating in quiet time yourself. When children see parents or caregivers embracing quiet time, they are more likely to value and appreciate its benefits.

  10. Acknowledge and celebrate family members' efforts and achievements in establishing and maintaining a quiet time routine. Positive reinforcement encourages continued participation and reinforces the importance of self-care and relaxation.

 

Including quiet time and rest in our daily routines is important for our children and teens as it supports their overall growth and development. During this time, they can engage in activities that promote creativity, imagination, and problem-solving skills. It also allows them to rest, recharge, and boost their focus, attention span, and academic performance. For us, taking a break from the hustle and pressure of life can reduce stress, improve mood, and increase productivity. Making quiet time and rest a priority can benefit the whole family and create a more peaceful and harmonious home environment.

 

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