Why You Should Take A Break

I’m normally an early riser. I like to get up before everyone else and make a start on my day. I’m determined to get the most out of every day. I do my best work in the mornings when the day is fresh and so am I.

But this morning was different.

I’ve had a demanding couple of weeks with speaking engagements, recording new episodes for my (two) new podcasts, and navigating through some important family commitments.

This morning I decided to just do something different. To take it easy (something that doesn’t come naturally to me). I decided to linger in bed for a little bit and take just a few moments to chillax. My hubby bought me a cup of tea in bed; I enjoyed the morning sunshine shining through my window; the birds were sweetly singing; the early morning blue sky was just perfect. It was like all these beautiful ‘moments’ were just waiting for to me to notice and appreciate them. These moments are always there but I don’t always pay attention to them. This morning I did.

Here’s 3 reasons why you should stop and enjoy the moments:

1. A change in routine can be incredibly refreshing.

We tend to do the same thing each day, day in and day out. We get out of bed, make a coffee, start rushing to get ready and get the kids out the door and get to work only to be greeted by our overflowing desk… The list goes on. Spice it up a bit. Change what you normally do. Do something different and notice how refreshing it is.

2. Creating ‘mental space’ promotes creativity.

If you are constantly on the go, with no space to think and create, you will notice that creativity is difficult. Your focus will be on the immediate and urgent not the important and significant. This morning, I wrote these thoughts as a direct result of creating mental space.

3. Taking time to ‘stop’ makes time for gratitude.

As I lay in bed drinking my tea, I found myself being grateful for all the incredible things I get to enjoy in my life. Grateful is the new happy. We have so much to be grateful for and we must make time every day to do just that.

This week’s assignment:

Choose one portion of your daily routine and change it. Just a little bit. Do something different. Drive a different way to work. Buy your coffee at a different cafe. Do something different in your lunch break. Take a break and enjoy it.

Enjoy the journey,

And more importantly,

Enjoy the moments.



QUESTION: What can you do differently so you can take a short break more regularly? You can leave your comments here.