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We all know what “a break” would be, but do we all know when it’s high time to schedule one for ourselves? The man in the above image has multiple tasks going at once. Laptop open, he is also reading from a hardcover book, and he has a pen next to his mug. So he is taking some form of notes on paper as well. His eyes are tired, and his glasses are off, set aside while he rubs his eyes. He is so tired that he has brought an open cup of coffee (or tea) to his desk, forgetting that one spill can ruin his hard drive– yes– ask me about The Great Hot Chocolate Incident of 2009! This man is also clearly on deadline, as an hourglass is pouring sand enthusiastically, silently ticking down the man’s minutes to meet his deadline or fail. Don’t you feel tired, just studying him? I hope someone is bringing him dinner soon.
So, eyes tired, brain stale, back and backside weary: this man needs a break! What should he do, after he meets his deadline? I have 6 top tips:
- Plan 24-48 hours of real time off, not taking any business calls, and with an out-of-office message on your voicemail. Stash the children with relatives who don’t feed them sugar.
- Choose a vacation from guilt! Promise yourself you will not think about your normal worries. Guilt shifts your nervous system, and what you need is a break from pressure on your nervous system.
- Change your channel. Find a place where they won’t find you. Leave for the nearest hotel with pools and gardens. Decide if you may want to go there regularly.
- Get some physical relaxation. Schedule a massage. Take their yoga or tai chi class. If you enjoy swimming or lounging in the jacuzzi, do that. Practice stretching across the bed or couch. It’s great for your back muscles and circulation generally.
- Eat berries for breakfast and dark green organic leafies– salad or stir-fry– for other meals. The high antioxidant levels in these foods will recharge you within hours.
- Consider adding a day. I once did this in San Francisco, where I had gone for business. Then I had free time, and I walked miles every day, exploring the city. I felt so great on the third day that I asked the hotel if I could stay another day. They readily agreed, as did the airline. Yes, this was back when you phoned and made arrangements with a real person. The real persons were charmed that I was just having a good time and wanted to stay longer.
So, here is a measure of your success at creating a refreshing break: what age did you feel when you left for your day/s off? Notice you feel much younger at the close of your break? Now your eyes and brain and heart and back and backside are all refreshed. Everything will seem clearer and easier. You may find yourself smiling more and enjoying everything more. And that’s you: more and more Healthy Happy and Loving Lifesm!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert, holistic healer, and award-winning author who celebrates life. She has a longtime natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office. To email us, firstname.lastname@example.org .