Creating Time for White Space


Submitted a year ago
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Erin McCabe

Finding balance in the go, go, go of summer

It's been a while since I have posted because I have been busy as summer has arrived. Sunny days call for time in the garden or a bike ride, rainy days call for the indoor chores that have been neglected, and weekends have been full! With all of this, I have been making it a point to make time for some "white space" in my days and certain tasks haven't been checked off, but I am beginning to be okay with that. I heard about this idea of "white space" from a podcast with one of my favorites Brené Brown; she discussed the importance to have some white space, time for NOTHING, in our calendars instead of jam packing each day. This time can help with creativity, stress management, focus, and so much more.

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White space is time for me to take some deep breaths, sit outside and listen to the natural world around me, and sometimes kick my feet up in my hammock or soak in a local watering hole with no agenda. This time has made such a difference for my mood and stress levels; and when I haven't had some white space in a few days I can tell the difference in my reactivity to little things that otherwise wouldn't bother me. Some days it's really hard to sit down when there is so much on my to-do list, but I remind myself how much better I will feel after having some time for myself.

The summer is when I need this white space the most because I want to cram so much into every day, weekends quickly fill up with weddings, graduations, trips, and visitors, and I feel like I need to take advantage of every warm, sunny day. I'm sure you know the feeling, too. It might seem impossible to make time to do nothing and that might seem like the biggest waste of time, but when we are always on the go we don't allow our mind and body to let go, and all of that tension will quickly build up. This time for nothing is not wasted time at all and could be just what you need to feel refreshed, to reconnect with that feeling of freedom that summer would bring as we used to revel in free time as kids, and to be prepped to tackle that thing that's been on your to-do list for too long.

So see what you can do to just give yourself a few minutes a day or a week for some white space, and notice how you feel afterwards.

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