We hear a lot of advice about taking time off to de-stress and relax. The opinion of experts is that we all need a break in our routine to replenish the mind, body and soul.
So are you taking a vacation, staycation or at home with your playstation? I know that this year, conditions and circumstances are different but still – August is holiday season for many of us. Of course, it all depends if you are a sun seeker and search out beaches and summer cocktails under the moonlight. Or totally prefer the cooler days of Autumn, changing colours and new fresh winds. But August has 31 days and we all have to go through it. Whether we switch off and enjoy or count the days slowly tapping away on our laptops. August only comes once a year and if nothing else you have to understand the Benefits Of Taking A Break And Switching Off.
-You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation – Plato
Stepping out of the routine comes natural to me. I value my free time because I spend enough time working. I enjoy my work even when I am faced with challenges, deadlines or tricky clients.
For example, I live near to a Mediterranean beach and I love to swim in the sea. But check this, after my swim, I’ll sit and write as I dry off, get my breath back and enjoy the blues and sunshine. I often write super sonic nuggets to add to my blogs, articles or videos. I am switched off from work but have my imagination antenna open and receiving.
That’s what I do for an hour or two and then return home to work – again – or maybe not!
-Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you – Anne Lamont
Many of us still underestimate the value of taking time out and time off. Sometimes we fill our heads with guilt and shame and go down the workaholic highway.
We convince ourselves we don’t need a break, it’s not necessary and I can’t afford it. All of these reasons may be true for you but have a look again at the general advice on this topic from other experts.
Of course, it is all relative and down to your personal circumstances and not everyone can afford the time or finances to take a cruise around a tropical island – but you could take your deckchair to the park, organise a picnic with friends, or have that weekend by the sea – What I am saying is that it is all about an investment in your self. Recognising you are worth it.
-When I take time out, I find myself going into Absorption Mode – Georgia Varjas
I call it doing the sponge thing!
- Soaking up some quality nourishment and rest.
- Day time and night time dreaming.
- Reading something totally different.
I reckon it is all about working hard and playing hard. I take that to mean – make your Biz-Niz work for you, so you can take the breaks that benefit you.
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And if you have any wisdom or great ideas to share about taking time off – do share in the comments below.
What’s that old saying about “All work and no play makes for a dull person,” or similar…
None of us are super-human and need to unwind to give the best of ourselves.
And another old saying is; ‘Spot On dear Joy!’ 🙂
Without a doubt it’s difficult for most of us to do nothing . Even if we don’t want to do anything, it requires effort or some preparation. Yes, it’s not about that we are not doing anything, for me that is quite controversial! often it is enough to switch off, to change the nature of our activity. Everything happening in life has some kind of pace that is impossible to ignore. To over exploit our energy it can lead to its depletion. The respect of a sensible tempo with the necessary breaks, just as important as our persistence. In fact, it’s one of its conditions. And it’s not only about quantity, but the quality in our work that will bring change. This kind of fun is an excellent recharger. Excellent advise to recognise the importance of pacing, in our work.
Yes, it is a controversial angle to use the verb ‘to do’…as in ‘doing’ and not be doing anything LOL
Smart observation Thanks 🙂
Taking time to do nothing, to think of nothing, is well known to help with problem solving. That old saying “sleep on it”, before making a decision I find very wise and helpful.
Doing nothing, aka meditation, is one of my favorite pass times …
And to hell with this Protestant work ethic!!!
Absolutely! workaholic – ism is a terrible way of life! Almost a sin! 🙂