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What Are the Best Places to Pause for More Peace in Your Life

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The world is a busy, stressful place. Sometimes it’s hard to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. There are many ways to find peace in your life, and one important thing you can do is pause more often.

We’ve all heard that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but what about pausing? Pausing helps us relax, which can make us healthier and happier overall.

Finding a moment to separate yourself from the crazy activities and time demands of work, family, friends, and society are essential to your well-being.

Why do we need to pause

We have so much to do. The world is moving faster than ever before, and we’re always pressed for time. Our schedules are packed with activities and obligations, and it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of our hectic lives. We all need a break from the hustle-and-bustle every once in a while — especially if we want to feel more peace of mind, relax and recharge ourselves.

Pausing forces us to reevaluate where we are in life and what goals we are pursuing. It helps us consider new horizons and eliminate those things that are dragging us down so we feel better about our direction. You can reignite your desires and focus on those tasks that are sure to make you feel accomplished once again.

Pausing helps reduce stress and anxiety by allowing us time to process what’s happening around us without worrying about how much time is left in a meeting or presentation, for example. It makes you more productive because pausing lets you prioritize tasks according to their importance rather than when they were assigned or added to your workload list. 

Finally, pausing helps improve creativity since it gives our brains time away from distractions like social media sites so that ideas can flow freely into the world.

What do you do during a pause

The best places to pause (for more peace) are the ones that offer you a chance to escape from your daily hustle and bustle.

Pause at one of these spots, and you’ll have time to relax, think about what you want to do next, what you want to achieve, and what you want to change or improve upon—and then take action.

The best thing to do in a pause is to breathe. Give yourself the freedom to meditate on your breathing and lower stress so you are better prepared when the pause ends.

Where are some places to pause

There are so many places that you can go to experience peace and calm. Whether it’s a long walk in the park or a short stay at your favorite spa, these are all ways to help restore the body and mind. Try some of these popular options:

1. An elevator ride

If you’re like many people, your daily routine is busy and filled with tasks. There’s never enough time to get everything done in the day so it can feel like a race against the clock. An elevator literately removes you from the rest of society just long enough to breathe and recenter your mind.

2. Waiting for a takeout order

Waiting for a takeout order at your favorite restaurant is a great place to pause. A short natural period between when you place your order and when it is ready for pickup or delivery allows you to sit back and relax.

3. In your backyard

It’s natural to want to escape the hustle and bustle of life, but not every place you can go for peace is as far away as you think. Some of the best places for more peace in your life are right outside your backyard. The pandemic was an excellent instructor in outfitting our backyards with a sacred spot to sit and meditate or escape from busy family stuff inside. Even a tiny garden in your backyard could transport you to your own personal Eden.

4. At a cafe with coffee

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It might seem strange, seemingly obvious, to say that coffee is a great way to help you relax and calm down. But many people don’t realize that it can help you focus and be more productive. Coffee is often associated with working on the computer or reading in a cafe, but it’s not just for productivity. It’s also about enjoying your time away from work or school, feeling relaxed, and meeting friends at a cafe to talk about life (or whatever else).

5. A park bench

This is the most basic kind of place to pause. It’s also the one that’ll be easiest to find, and you can use it as a starting point for other types of pauses later on.

A park bench is exactly what it sounds like—a bench in a park (or sometimes just outside). You can usually find one next to a playground, near some trees or flowers, or near an entrance sign for the park itself. If other people are sitting on the bench who aren’t engaged in conversation, then congratulations: you have found your place!

6. In the shower

The shower is a great place to pause and be mindful. You can sing, or you can listen to music as you bathe yourself, or you can practice yoga there! It’s always nice when you want some alone time but doesn’t have the space for it. The shower is perfect for that kind of thing because it feels like private time.

7. At a movie theater

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Almost anyone who has been to the movies knows that theaters provide some of the best pauses. Being able to hide out in the dark as another anonymous face in the crowd has its advantages when you want to escape for a while. Try going on your own, and you will experience a wonderfully personal experience so many of us deny ourselves.

8. Walking your dog

If you’re looking for a way to de-stress and get in some exercise simultaneously, walking your dog can be a great choice. This becomes a task you can do without actively thinking about what is happening. You look like you belong, and people will leave you alone because they recognize what you are doing without question.

9. Near water

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Water is one of the best things you can do for yourself to create more peace in your life. The sound, the sight of water, and even the feel of water can all lead to a sense of peace. Water is also refreshing—it affects your body and makes you feel calm and relaxed.

10. The great outdoors

The great outdoors is a great place to pause. When the weather’s nice, you can get out and explore nature. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are plenty of hiking trails around the world that are perfect for some time alone with your thoughts. Being in the mountains or the ocean makes it easier to escape from everyday life and feel like you’re away from all your problems.

11. A campfire

Campfires are a great way to connect with nature, friends, family, and yourself. There is something magical about the warmth of a campfire on a crisp night or sitting around a fire pit roasting marshmallows. A campfire can also be used to help you relax after a long day of hiking or exploring the outdoors.

There are many ways to find a pause in life

There are so many other ways that aren’t mentioned here. You can pause while enjoying a long drive up the highway or at your favorite bar in a corner booth with a cool drink. 

The point is to find what pauses work best for you so you can lower your daily stress. You want to find a place that makes you feel reinvigorated for what lies ahead and requires little to no effort on your part so you can focus on breathing, relaxing, and being at ease.

James Wieland

James Wieland is a native Californian who moved and lived in numerous places around the US. He spent years in various performance groups touring the States, Canada, and Europe. He is a front-end dev with certs from the University of Michigan and Google as well as a degree in Business Marketing from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. James is a freelance copywriter, published author, and indie poet currently living in Midcoast Maine, living in a 200-year-old home being restored by his amazing wife.