Taking some time out for yourself
Do you ever have one of those days, or even weeks, where you feel like you just want to switch everything off? You’ve tried your best to just muddle through things, to get on with things and try and brush off those negative feelings? What did you end up doing? More often than not my bet would be that you ended up beating yourself up for feeling bad and tried to force yourself to smile through the pain. I’ve a better idea…. take some time off.
“That’s easy for you to say, try living my life and taking time off”
Ok, so it may not be that easy to drop everything you are doing and vanish for the day or even longer. I totally get that the majority of us have commitments that we cannot just walk away from, whether that may be your job, family, or quite simply anything else that involves your time and energy. So lets think about how you can take time off? Remember, I didn’t say take a day off, or a week off…. I said take some time off. That could be an hour, it could be longer but it could also be shorter. At the end of the day if you are in a position where you feel like you are going to crumble, then even 10 minutes off can seem like heaven. The reality is that we all have time to do it, its just we don’t choose to use our time to do it.
So what exactly is time off?
That’s up to you to decide. It can literally be anything that you can think of that will break your mental state and allow you to regenerate some positivity. For example:
- Hit the gym for a workout
- Read a book
- Watch a movie
- Take the dog for a walk
- Draw or paint a picture
- Do some yoga or meditation
- Go for a bike ride
- Catch up with a friend
- Do a jigsaw puzzle
The list can be endless so I won’t go on anymore. Hopefully you get the picture that you can do anything you want to take your mind away from the issues you are facing. This quick way to break ‘state’ will allow you to return to whatever it is that are doing more focused, relaxed and likely to enjoy it. (If you do want a longer list check out this link)
So there you go. Just a quick tip on how taking time off can actually benefit you. Most people presume that taking time off will push you back in your work and stop you from hitting deadlines etc. This creates more stress and anxiety and causes performance levels to drop. The reality is taking an hour (more if you like) will IMPROVE your performance and allow you to be so much more efficient.
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