Break Free With A Little Foresight

By on November 9, 2014

You know you need to take a break, but when? There’s no time!

I talk a lot about the importance of breaks.

About how, without time for ourselves, the daily grind really does grind us down and leaves us feeling burned-out and tense.

You’ve been there.

The all-to-familiar reality is that, even when we know we need to take frequent breaks, the work doesn’t stop, so we don’t either.

What can be done?

If we are to take this much needed break time, and really enjoy it, we have to be able to out-think our habits.

Here’s three steps you can take to re-orient yourself and make room for a break:

1. Plan Ahead

If we’ve planned to take a break, and have something to look forward to when we get there, we are much more likely to value this time and honor it. By honoring our breaktimes, we are honoring ourselves.

2. Stick To The Plan!

There is always more work to do. We are never fully done. This awareness offers an opportunity to surrender. We can let go of the need to “finish what we’re working on,” and step away when the time is right. Put the work down and back away slowly!!! 🙂

3. Have Compassion For Yourself

If you’ve spent your whole life working like a dog, lasting change in behavior doesn’t happen overnight. But when you catch yourself working through your breaks again, smile at yourself — You’re such a good worker! — and then get back to the plan. Remember? The plan of going for a stroll in the beautiful afternoon sunshine while bopping to your favorite tune?

With 3 weeks of practice, you, too, will be a break dancer! It only gets lighter from here.

Stress Release Tip

Learn to relax. When stress is hitting you daily, the idea of relaxation may seem impossible. But taking time for yourself is absolutely necessary. That doesn’t mean you have to take a 3-week vacation. Stress relief is as close at hand as a few 5-minute pauses throughout your day where you are quiet and reflective.

Mindful Moment

How’s the weather? See if you can find something to enjoy about it even if it isn’t ideal. What’s the deal with “ideal” weather, anyway?

Quote From Adam

“Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.”
– Sai Baba

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