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Give yourself a break

Are you feeling like you have no time and not getting anything done? Do you keep having the same goals year after year?Are you wishing you were somewhere else in your career but never seemed to follow your dream? Do the days just pass by all too quickly? Well, it may be time to take a break

Many people think if they keep pushing themselves non-stop mentally/physically then it well lead to better and quicker results. In the long term, this is usually the complete opposite. The people who succeed in life know how to get things done in less time and then go enjoy their life. If you feel physically, mentally, emotionally, or even digitally exhausted, these tips may help:

Physical break

  • Allow yourself a little extra sleep whether it’s by going to bed a half-hour earlier or by sleeping in an extra fifteen minutes and then skipping your usual morning coffee stop.
  • Replace strenuous exercise with something less intense, like restorative yoga.
  • Relax in a sauna or steam room to relax your muscles and sweat out chemicals that build up in your body.
  • Get a massage. Massages are not only relaxing; they’ve also been proven to minimise anxiety, boost the immune system and reduce depression and anxiety.
  • Take a long, hot bath to take weight off your weary muscles and joints.

Mental break

  • Take some time to meditate, even if it’s just for five minutes.
  • Use a deep breathing technique to calm your nervous system and clear your thoughts.
  • Give yourself a complete day without any financial worries; put your statements and bills in a drawer and save all eBills for tomorrow.
  • Take a day off from negative, draining people-even the ones you love. If your cousin needs your help, you can call her back tomorrow.
  • Simply sit. Choose to do nothing-don’t read, watch TV, surf the web, or in way consume information. Just be.
Technology break
  • Make a conscious decision to spend the first portion of you morning tech-free. Don’t power up your computer or turn on the TV.
  • Commute without technology. Instead of listening to voicemails or tweeting on your phone, read a physical book or write in your journal. Use this small window of time to connect with yourself.
  • Take a completely tech-free hour - turn your cell phone off, shut down your computer, and put your iPod in a drawer.
  • Simplify email so that you spend less time checking messages and more time engaging in activities that feel fulfilling.
  • Store gadgets in a place where you can’t see them when you’re not using them so they don’t in any way consume your energy or thoughts.

Emotional break

  • Count successes. Make a note of all the things you’ve done well and give yourself permission to be proud instead of dissatisfied with what you haven’t done.
  • Replace regrets with dreams. Whenever you start thinking about what you should have done, shift your focus to what you plan to do now. It’s far more empowering and a lot less draining!
  • Cry if you need. It can help you release chemicals and hormones and create a more relaxed, positive state of mind.
  • Write down the things you’re grateful for. It doesn’t need to be a list of traditional blessings. It can include your morning coffee or the fact that your disagreeable coworker called in sick. Identifying the things that have brought us joy is a powerful way to create more.

Tips for taking a break from life
Make a shopping trip especially for something new to wear which is bright, colourful and just perfect for breaks and vacations.
Take one day out of your life and vow not to speak much. Relax enjoy the peace and silence.
Close your eyes and relax. Let your thoughts come and go. Focus on your breathing. Allow your body to relax and your mind soar.
Make a regular practice of stopping whatever you are doing and checking in with yourself to feel how, who and where you are in the moment.

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