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Why Practicing Stillness Relieves Stress

Author, Audrey Hunt, helps us understand human behavior, especially our own. Stillness can bring a healthier life and greater peace.

Nature brings peace and clarity of the mind.

Nature brings peace and clarity of the mind.

Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.

— Eckhart Tolle

What Is Stillness?

Do you know you can rise above your thoughts? Powerful thoughts come out of stillness. As you read, you will discover the vast benefits that await you as you practice being present in the moment.

Stillness, or mindfulness, is the state of active and intentional attention to the present. It urges us to go with the flow, be present, and focus on being.

Like most people, you're not taking the time to experience stillness regularly. There is power and capability in being still as we replenish ourselves.

Most people are resistant to the idea of stillness for a couple of reasons:

  • They believe they don't have the time.
  • They're addicted to distractions and don't want to be alone with their thoughts.

Why Practicing Stillness Is Worth Your Time

Notice I inserted the word "practicing" stillness. Being "In the Moment" isn't easy. It takes repetition. But, the more you practice, the better you'll be.

Look at the benefits below that will come your way as you embrace stillness:

1. A More Accurate Perspective

When you can disengage for a few minutes, you can get away from those negative thoughts. You can step away from your life for a minute and have a better chance of seeing the truth. You can break away from your mental habits and experience increased clarity.

2. Your Intuition Can Be Heard

You can't hear your intuition if you're never still. It might be screaming at you, but you're oblivious to what it's trying to tell you.

You become wiser if you experience stillness regularly.

3. Less Stress

When your mind gets a break from your busy day, you experience less stress.

Of course, this enhances your sleep and overall physical and mental health.

4. Enhances Your Self-Awareness

Stillness allows you to check in with yourself. You become more aware of your thoughts, aches and pains, and emotions. Instead of being engrossed in your habitual thoughts, you have the time and perspective to become more aware of yourself.

Stillness Requires Some Time, but It’s Time Well Spent

Stillness has many benefits that can significantly add to the quality of your life. If you're never still, you're missing out on a lot.

It's easy to miss all the options and opportunities available if you never lift your head above the noise.


Four Ways to Accomplish Stillness

  1. Meditate. Meditation is the most obvious way to practice stillness, but it's certainly not the only option. Meditation is simple but can seem challenging for those new to the practice. When starting, guided meditation or group participation can help gain the skills for this practice. Twenty minutes each day is an excellent way to practice stillness regularly.
  2. Turn off your devices and sit, stand, or walk. Disengage from your computer, smartphone, TV, or other devices for a few minutes. Focus on what you see, and be sure to observe your breathing.
  3. Spend time in nature. Cut yourself off from other people and anything manmade. Get out there with the trees, plants, and animals. Just enjoy your surroundings and give your brain a break for as much time as you can spare. Grounding yourself is as simple as bare feet on the earth. The energetic field from mother earth helps us rebalance and is physically healing for the body.
  4. Be mindful. Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere. Keep your thoughts and attention on what you're doing. Avoid daydreaming, thinking about the past or the future - anything that isn't relevant to what you're doing in the moment.

Schedule a Little Stillness into Your Life Each and Every Day

You might believe you don't have time for stillness, but that's the ultimate sign that you desperately need it.

Starting each day with stillness allows us to bring awareness and set intentions for the day we would like to create for ourselves.


Tension carried in the neck, shoulders, and back is an enemy to your body. You may benefit by doing a few light stretches before practicing stillness. And remember to breathe diaphragmatically. Avoid chest movement and inhale through the nose and out through the mouth.

Be still each day for as much time as you can spare. Your life will be changed in powerful ways.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Audrey Hunt