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If you feel stressed and tired, and you can’t remember the last time you didn’t feel that way, maybe you need a real day off. In my natural healing practice, I often work with clients whose stress is unceasing. Couple that with the heavy world news and the overburden of politichatter—the inevitable election cycle events and conversation—whatever family issues you have, any career decisions on the horizon, and the electrochemistry and noise of the urban environment… well, maybe you need to take a break!
Maybe you’re thinking, no way! The cost, the time off work, the yard growing out of control and ruining my neighborhood reputation… A two-week vacation was a standard, decades ago. Then professionals decided those caused more stress than they cured. So people shifted to taking long weekends. This trend was so strong that the Federal Government moved most of the federal holidays to Mondays. That Monday Holiday Law, passed in 1968, was meant to “bring substantial benefits to both the spiritual and economic life of the Nation.” Wow!
But then everyone was driving out of town at the end of the week and returning Monday night. More stress. Now many are discovering the joys of midweek 2-day timeouts or even a single midweek overnight-plus-one-day timeout. The key is to really take a break, a genuinely refreshing change day. Or two. Just 24 hours can give you a re-set. And you need it!
Your thoughts and attitude can get stale without change. Your brain can actually get channels worn in it, from reviewing the same worries all the time. So change your channel, change your scene. Find a place to go to where there is a low level of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF); possibly a cabin or bed and breakfast in a small town. Use your computer as little as possible. This will refresh your nervous system. Pick a place with natural beauty where you would be very tempted to go walking. This will repump your DHEA, the master hormone. If you can go to a beach, that’s the highest natural-energy environment, and you will absorb a lot of energy there. Turn off your phone and don’t think about your usual concerns. When you think of something that you ought to do, put it on a list in the Memo section of your phone; then forget it until you’re back at your desk. Let go of all the Usual.
Eat dark green leafy salad and have very little sugar. This will bring your vital life force energy up very fast. Try to get berries for breakfast. Those will raise your antioxidant levels quickly and refresh your attitudes. Move around. Do yoga in your room or go for walks. Go swimming, if you have found a place with a beach or pool. A business owner I knew used to go to a small motel in Yuma, Arizona, where no one would recognize her. It was inexpensive, there was no traffic noise, and no one could call her. She ate produce (her business ), walked and swam and closed out all business thoughts for 2 days at a time. She said it was like Heaven, a real day off and then another. She totally relaxed.
Come up with your own formula. Give yourself the elements you need to have a real day off, to really take a break. Savor every moment. Then let me know what worked for you. And that’s Upbeat Livingsm!
- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert and award-winning author. She also is an ordained minister and has a natural healing practice. Among her books are:Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br),and Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. That book and Peace Within are available through her office. Just email email@example.com or call the office at 480-250-1177.
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Taking a real day off is so important, whether working at a job outside the home, or at home. It’s important for those of us with no job, because we immerse ourselves in life (hopefully) and are busy working for organizations and groups that are important to us. We still need a break. Great post.
Kebba Buckley Button said:
Nita, thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Yes, especially when we don’t have the structure of a jobjob, we need to create the structure of specific time off. Then we get the powerful body-mind-spirit benefits. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!