Do you ever wonder how the most successful people on the planet stay healthy, organized, and seem to have a perfect order in everything they do? They don’t. Successful (healthy, wealthy, wise, iconic people) are simple mortals just like us, with a few more responsibilities, and people supporting them. They still have the same 24 hours in a day, teething babies at home, relationship issues, stress at work (I bet!), financial constraints, and health problems.
The thing is, it is not the matter of resources, wealth, or connections you have, although they can help. It is the matter of prioritizing your health, learning from the best of the best in your industry or field, and applying the concepts to your own life. Of course, it depends on the quality of life you’d like to have. Let’s look a bit closer at some quiet rituals and habits to see how they can benefit your personal health journey.
Quiet rituals and their correlation to being healthy, wealthy, and successful
Think about it: more quiet time, less stress. Less stress equals more efficiency. In turn, it leads to getting more stuff done with less effort AND having time to spare for fun or anything else. Plus, less stress will more likely allow you to stay on track when it comes to healthy eating habits and exercise. So here is the most positive support circle I would love to see everyone in:
Quiet time ⇒ less stress ⇒ healthy habits+exercise+efficiency = productivity+positivity+energy ⇒ more happiness and balance = success.
Of course, I am not going to go into a philosophical debate here about what success (or wealth, for that matter) is. It is personal and very individual. All I want to say is the note on the correlation between health, success, and time to slow down seems to be popping in the media more and more. There is something important in this concept.
NOW we know all their secrets! (I wish).
If CEO’s and politicians, actors, and scientists DO have a few minutes a day to themselves, so should we. What matters is finding the time, resources, and methods to do so. Making it a consistent choice, building a habit by having a few quiet minutes a day to restore your energy, relax your brain and body will be the most important part. Because “Duh, life happens!”. Go against this “life happens” thing as often as you can when it comes to quiet time. You may see some amazing results very soon. And please, please do not neglect this whole thing by accusing those poor CEOs of “having it all, the money and the time”. You have it all, too – you can ask for help, delegate, outsource, share responsibilities, and prioritize. It takes a bit of time to learn it, that’s all.
Science behind quiet rituals
When we slow down – whether we are taking a long shower/bath, meditating, staring into the distance – we automatically take slower, longer breaths. It is a beginning of stress relief in itself! No wonder that yoga, meditation or prayer work like magic for so many people. Physiologically, it is also explained by getting more oxygen in when you take longer breaths. Oxygen and a chance to relax your non-stop going brain are half of the deal. When you meditate or clear your mind of repetitive thoughts, worries, to-do lists and next steps, you create space – think of an empty cup – to fill it with energy, calmness, creativity, and many solutions to your worries. Do you want to know how I do it?
My quiet rituals that keep me healthy and successful
My “to read” list is growing faster than my 10-week labrador puppy. As a business owner, wife, an athlete I lead a busy life. The “to-do” list just seems like a gift that keeps on giving.
There are a few things I do so I do not go crazy (or so my family/friends do not think I am nuts, hehe). Most of the time at least. I am an overachiever by nature, and willing to work 70+ hours weeks if I have a goal in mind. Having said that, slowing down is not my favorite. What happens if I don’t? You get one cranky and unsatisfied Anya. And you don’t have to be too ambitious, but a fast pace and lots of obligations will clutter our schedule, our mind, put our hormones in disbalance, and change the mood. You will be cranky, too…
I hear it from my nearest and dearest “You need to go for a run”. I tell myself “I need some time alone”. Not because I am a weird mix of an introvert and extrovert (I am!). Because I mostly derive some good decisions from my quiet time, or “me” time if you wish. This is what I do (not necessarily in that order).
I choose 1-3 items from this list and STICK to it like a mad person for a few weeks. Then I see what works, what doesn’t and make improvements to my routine. Lately, I started practicing meditation and I am loving it! Tim Ferriss (Tools of Titans) recommends on starting with short periods of time before you commit to longer sessions (so you don’t get a feeling of a burden or chore and actually enjoy it). I choose from the following:
- bullet journaling;
- reconnecting (with myself or with a friend – often, doing something quietly together);
- exercising (alone – I love it once in a while!).
People who use different quiet rituals:
Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Hugh Jackman, Angelina Jolie, Richard Gere, Tim Ferriss, Arianna Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and many others. So… how can YOU incorporate quiet rituals into your daily routine to be the healthiest ever?
Why You Need Quiet Rituals: 5 Ways to Be Healthy and Successful
Spend time alone.
Talk to yourself. Write down your thoughts. Meditate, pray, sing. Laugh or cry if you need to. Watch a movie alone. Sit in a room quietly and observe your thoughts. It helps to unwind without others’ presence to reconnect with yourself.
Seriously, Snapchat and Twitter can wait. I can’t stress it enough how zombifying the social media are ( as well as helpful and connecting). I am guilty of spending too much time there as well as many of us. Doing a social media detox, and turning your phone off for a weekend to spend quality time with your family and friends is important!
Get in the wilderness and move.
There is nothing better for quiet rituals than spending time away from the city. Go to the mountains. Go on a long hike. Explore the biggest park around. Go on the extreme side, and plan a longer hiking/camping trip to get away from everything and everyone. You will return as a different person.
Practice positivity. Dream. Visualize.
Inspire yourself by being you. Explore your abilities – draw, sing, dance. Doing all of these will expand your horizons and your own knowledge about your abilities. Plus, it will make you crave to accomplish more things in more efficient ways.
Reconnect with your tribe.
Quietly, softly. Share a meal. Enjoy a movie night together. Go for a walk. Spend the morning in bed enjoying each others’ company. We evolved belonging to communities, and our gatherings don’t’ have to be loud and overwhelming. It can be as small as watching a sunset together or drinking coffee reading in the same room. It is a powerful recharging mechanism for many!
That’s it! Try any of these, and let me know how it goes!
Do you practice any of the quiet rituals – anything I did not mention?
Author: Anya Perry
Anya Perry battled boring diets, low energy, and declining health for over 10 years before she found what works. Now, she helps women achieve their dream state of health, fitness, and vitality… without the struggles, battles of miserable diets and yo-yo results. She can’t live without coffee and challenges.