Imagine someone from the 1600s time traveling to the present. They would probably be astonished, and perhaps even a bit mortified, at the pace at which we live today. In our world of conveniences, we seem to have forgotten the value of quiet time. Give yourself a break! Time for yourself can be a benefit to you and those around you.
Review Your Roles
Are you being the most genuine and authentic you? If you find it hard to get out of bed and grit your teeth to get through each day, it may be time to review your roles. No, you can’t just give up your role as a parent, but perhaps you can ask for help. Give yourself a break by having someone watch the kids while you take some time to do something for you.
Is your work role fulfilling anything besides your household budget? Do you need it to provide more in life than just paying the bills? Is your work life a good match for your personality? Sometimes people find themselves in leadership roles, though what they long for is to work alone in a quiet setting. Perhaps you are highly successful in a powerful company, but what you really want to do is work for a small non-profit.
You may need to give yourself a break from your fast-paced, high-stress job. You may need to make some lifestyle changes to accommodate it, but the self healing you can potentially achieve is worth much more than a high salary.
If you find yourself running at a pace that leaves you out of breath, it’s probably time to take a break. Set aside time each day to sit alone in a quiet, comfortable setting and concentrate on your breathing. This type of meditation can help to calm your nerves and renew your energy.
Stop multitasking. Choose a project, errand, or activity and do only that. Concentrate on the task at hand as a means of giving your ever-churning brain a break. Doing too much at once and pushing too hard on multiple tasks might compromise the quality of everything you manage to get done.
Release Trapped Emotions
If you find your days are filled with a constant feeling of dread or guilt or sadness, you need to give yourself a break by identifying the cause of these feelings. No one should go through life beating themselves up. You can use powerful tools like The Emotion Code® and The Body Code to identify and release those Trapped Emotions.
Rid Yourself of Toxins
It may be food, drink, or negative energy in your social circle. Take stock of the things that might be toxic in your life. Try to identify bad habits, and strive for healthy living by eliminating them. Adopt a healthy way of eating to keep your system as clean as possible. If there is someone in your life that absolutely drains you, it may be time to change your relationship with that person. And, don’t be afraid to have a good cleansing cry. You may feel worlds better after!
Avoid Digital Exhaustion
Put down the devices and take a break from social media. In this time of rage tweets and cyber-bullying and just plain old bad news, you need to give yourself a break from the negativity at the tips of your fingers and in the palm of your hand.
Time Out Instead of Temper Tantrum
You need to give yourself a break from bad behaviors as well. If your emotions are getting the better of you and you’re about to blow your top, give yourself a time out. Just like you might have for the kids, have your own time out spot in your home. Or better yet, choose a comfortable spot outdoors and spend your time out communing with nature. If nothing else, lock yourself in the bathroom and breathe deeply or “chill out” for 5-10 minutes.
Taking time for yourself is not a crime — it is absolutely necessary to maintain balance. If you have a hard time just sitting and doing nothing, fill your “me time” with activities like:
You can also treat yourself to a nice warm bath, some time in the sauna, or with a relaxing massage. Whatever you choose, just make sure you take the time to give yourself a break. You won’t be sorry you did!