Friday, March 30th, 2018
‘Time’ is a concept that was manifested in the era of our ancestors. As a form of measurement to aid the act of hunting, survival and exploration of the universe.
In theology, events have been recorded, firmly marking the beginning of time and proposes that there is a definite end as to when humans will run out of it.
Broadly speaking, Science views the concept of time as relative or a continuum. Whichever school of thought is used; historical, theological or scientific, time has been held as a valuable concept yielding great respect.
In the 21st century, time has become akin to a commodity. “I can’t ‘afford’ the time to…rest, relax, de-stress, cook a healthy meal, spend time with family, exercise, learn a new skill…” are common thoughts and feelings that many people unfortunately experience.
What are people ‘spending’ their time on? Stressing about not having enough time could be one element!
How can society get back to valuing and using their time more efficiently, so that they are left with a satisfying smugness that they are making the most out if it and from it?
One way is to approach each day with a holistic mindset. Treating each element that makes us a whole with equal importance – the mind, body and spirit.
Making sure the ‘mind’ is used in a positive way, can be the greatest struggle and yet the easiest way to create more time everyday. Weeding out non value adding habits of; procrastination on what could be done, dwelling on things that have been done and living in a state of inertia to tackle what needs to be done, can most certainly be a winning way to a start a day and build up the bank balance of time to spend.
Secondly, a time saving method is to nourish the body with energy boosting foods, and eliminating the sources that suck energy from it. By consuming a healthy diet, you give yourself the ability to use the hours in the day to the greatest effect without losing those hours to sluggishness or lethargy.
And lastly, invest in the act of doing nothing! Finding the space to be alone, switching off from all of the blue light emitting devices, noise pollution and conversations that would do the world of good to be muted or paused for an hour. Will give you time to re-centre, prioritise the wheat from the chaff and give the brain cells time to relax, recharge and re-oxygenate.
It is a facade that society makes us think that we have to fulfill so many to do’s or bucket lists before we expire. When in reality, Time becomes more precious and relevant as we age, and the need to filter out the unecessary activities becomes vital, causing less stress to build up and making way for more joy.