I just read that in a 2006 poll through The Conference Board, 60% of Americans had no plans to take off work that year. I hope they changed their minds. I see a scary trend of people that are all work with no down time. And when they have down time they create more work for themselves by working on the house or over scheduling the kids. If they aren’t being productive, then they feel they are not doing something worthwhile.
But, relaxing and re centering is vital to people as human beings. If you become disconnected to yourself, your relationships or your spirituality, what are you working for?
Kirsten from Think Positive! Blog has a list of quick, tiny ways we can reconnect with ourselves throughout the day. They take almost no time, so anyone can do them:
Some other ideas:
- Take one of your breaks to say what’s great about this moment
- Declutter one thing
- Massage on some hand lotion
- Stare at a flower or out the window
- Sing in the car on the way home from work or on the way to pick up the kids
Once you become more comfortable taking little bits of time to relax and center yourself, you can add more time. Take a 10 minute walk at lunch once a week. And move onto 15 minutes in the morning a couple times a week to do yoga, read something inspirational or journal. Then maybe 1/2 hour one evening to do something that you consider fun.
You will feel happier, more energetic, more loving and just feel great as you give yourself this time. I urge you to try a few of these suggestions and see how you feel.