The author of this article, Alysa Bajenaru found it difficult to sit still because she is a multi-tasking worrier at heart. However, upon beginning her journey towards a more simple life, she realized that quiet is exactly what her heart and soul were craving. Since it doesn’t come naturally to her, Alysa had to be intentional about finding ways to quiet her days. Below are three that she uses.

1. De-Clutter

It is nearly impossible for me to have a quiet spirit in a house that is overflowing with clutter. In fact, sometimes clutter is the number one reason my mind can’t settle down.

While I am not a super-organized person, the more I can simplify the amount of “stuff” in our house, the easier it is for me to find those quiet moments.

2. The 5-Minute Timer

Set your phone timer for five minutes. Find a quiet place (the back porch, your bedroom, your closet). Take a deep breath, close your eyes and sit still.

Force your mind to relax into noticing the stillness around you. Don’t let your thoughts wander to your to-do list. Focus on the quiet.

I was challenged by my yogi friend Jennifer to do this, and honestly thought I would hate it. But it felt wonderful to let my mind relax, and five minutes went faster than I thought it would.

3. Say no.

Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. Practice saying no until your schedule clears enough to even have a chance to sit in the quiet.