Last week I took a break. In the snow. With my family. It was so good. While I was in the snow I wrote about why it is so important to take a break. (You can read about it here). It’s great to know the WHY but even more important is the HOW – HOW can you take a break, even if you feel like you can’t?
I’m not talking just about holidays (although they are super fun), I’m also talking about taking breaks throughout your day and your week. Taking 5 minutes to have a cuppa. Going for a 10 minute walk. Listening to your favourite song. Doing something to break up your day so that you can rest and rejuvenate.
Here’s a quick 5 step process to help you take a break:
Step 1: Give yourself permission
The first step in taking a break is actually allowing yourself to do so. For many people (like me), taking a break can feel like you’re wasting time and that you ‘should’ be doing something else. This way of thinking does not help anyone. Get over yourself and give yourself permission to take a break.
Step 2: Put it in your calendar
You need to plan for it. Think about when you will do it. What part of your day/week can you change so that you can have a break?
Step 3: Commit to doing it
Once you have put it in your calendar, commit to actually doing it. Commit to stopping whatever you are doing and take those few minutes to have a break and rest your mind and body. Tell someone. Be accountable. Remember your words create your world.
Step 4: Do it
All this planning will be useless if you don’t actually DO IT. So do it! Stop and have a break and enjoy it!
Step 5: Realise you will get better over time
Learning to rest is something we all need to learn to do. It can take some time to learn to rest well. An important part of this process is realizing that you will get better and better at taking breaks. Over time, your ability to discipline yourself to rest will improve.
This week’s assignment:
Follow these 5 steps and plan for your break/s throughout the week. You will be so glad you did. Everything is so much more enjoyable when our body and mind is rested.
Enjoy the journey,
And more importantly,
Enjoy the moments.