Does anyone else feel like the lazy days of summer are so far gone that you can’t even remember the sweet smell of suntan lotion? Around here, our lives went from 0 to 60 in 8 seconds flat. School, homework, work, sports, and the general stuff of life have all of us running around most of our waking hours.
And in that spirit, this week I’m offering a friendly reminder that I have to force myself to do when things get hectic: TAKE A BREAK.
I can hear the chorus now, “Are you crazy? Who has time to take a break?” And my answer would be, “You do.” In fact, you must in order to save time later. When our bodies get too tired from constant running, there’s a whole list of negative health effects that you’ll eventually have to make time for. In fact, research shows that even one minute of concentrating on your breath and mentally letting go of all the stress works wonders to balance your body.
I’m sure you have a minute to spare in the mix of the everyday stuff. Sitting at your desk or waiting in the car, you can use those extra minutes to take a mini break. There’s no secret formula. Just pause, relax your face and shoulders, and take few deep breaths. Forget everything that’s on your plate if only for a minute.
Remember it’s the little things that add up to big changes. Take your break. You deserve it!
Read It: I was reminded at book club last week that the essays of David Sedaris are a great and hysterically funny break from reality. One of my favorites is “The Learning Curve” in his book Me Talk Pretty One Day.
Do It: Take a mini break today, even if you feel like it’s impossible.
Think It: “Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.” L. Frank Baum