1. Read a book
There is nothing better than immersing yourself in the lives, loves, towns, hearts, and stories of fictional characters in good literature. Before you know it, you are dreaming about the books you read. And for that short amount of time, in which your mind is consumed with a book, you find yourself worrying less about the stresses beyond those pages.
I hope I’m not the only adult who still loves to daydream! A daydream can send you traveling through space and time to seemingly impossible happy places. I daydream about winning the lottery and spending my riches, dating people I’d never date, getting the best job in the world — all of these occurrences that may very well never happen. And yet, daydreams are still great. Your mind takes a quick vacation…what’s wrong with that?
The practice of meditation is about carving out time, even if only for a few moments, to dedicate your attention to your breath and your present self. It is quite literally the act of losing yourself. You are taking time to silence the noise around you and clear the mind of excessive thoughts. In doing so, you relieve yourself of the stresses and pressures inherent in daily life. Ooooohhhhhmmm!