Our children (from tots to teens) live in a society that is on the go, go, go, and go. Teens and young adults are encouraged to take part in several extra-curricular activities, including part-time jobs. By the time they fulfill their commitments, see their friends, complete their homework, check out their favourite television programs, and check their social media accounts, there is hardly any time for them to spend in quiet.

What is quiet time?

It consists of a person hanging out alone and engaged in an activity that doesn't over-stimulate the mind or sensory system (this means electronics are turned off!!). Of course the activity will depend on the child's age but it can involve anything from playing Lego, to building a structure made of Popsicle sticks, to crafts and puzzles, to journaling, or meditating.

It is a chance for children to relax and enjoy simple activities that require thinking and self-direction. Both quiet time and alone time are a crucial part of growth and development in youth. Children who aren't used to having this time get bored easily and very demanding when the stimulation level is lower.

Here are some important benefits of quiet time:

1. Builds independence and confidence: It allows youth to explore various self-directed opportunities that require self-reliance. When kids are alone during quiet time they are given the chance to solve problems on their own and create their own solutions. This is vital to building self-confidence and self-trust.

2. Time of self-reflection and gratitude: Journaling or meditation during this time for older youth often results in self-reflection and developing feelings of gratitude for what they have. There is no time for self-reflection when they are continuously distracted by outside activity.

3. Creativity and invention: It is in quiet time that children experience bursts of creativity and unique thinking. During this period, kids disconnect from external noise and ideas and are able to reconnect to their personal creativity system.

4. Rest and relaxation: Everyone, including kids, experiences stress and anxiety much of which is caused by overstimulation. Kids however, have a tougher time pinpointing their stressors. Unless they have regular 'time off; they won't distance themselves from the stressors to re-energize. This is important for happiness and overall well-being of youth.

5. Strengthens focus and attention: When kids slow down and focus on one activity at a time, they develop their ability to focus and concentrate. Focus and concentration are like a muscle. To strengthen it, it must be practiced. Concentration is best built when focusing on one activity at a time, not from multitasking.

Best Wishes To Your Family!

Author's Bio: 

Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc., MA, is a motivational Toronto Life Coach for Women. Ivana motivates teens, young adults, and adults in their early to mid twenties 20s to approach life with desire, confidence, and passion. Her areas of work include identifying negative thinking patterns, self-awareness, low self-esteem and self-confidence, self-image, bullying, and goal setting.

For more information visit www.lifecoachintoronto.com