Some people think that taking time for themselves will affect their performance. That’s right,it will- For the better. Some companies even insist their employees do this because they know the benefits that rejuvenation can have on the bottom line.Creative ideas most often originates during down time.
And often, these set of people drive themselves beyond reason,all the while insisting that everyone else in their lives,even the dog,gets exercise,eats well,and had lots of rest.
Now,keeping yourself healthy,nourished and rested is a huge benefit,even if you are neglecting other areas of self-care. Know your physical limits. The beyond exhaustion point may be too late. Avoid the lame excuses: “But I don’t know how to relax,” or “I can’t relax with so much to do.”
Taking enough time is a learned behavior.It involves discipline and practice. The busy stuff of life will always be there. You must learn to hit the stop button each and every week.
Tension is who you think you should be,relaxation is who you are.Chinese Proverb
Some days when you walk through the front door at home,your spouse,the kids and the dog are all eagerly waiting to launch themselves at you with news and requests,even before you have taken off your cloth. But if you ‘ve worked a full day and your head is still buzzing with meetings and deadlines,you need a mechanism to switch off the office. Here’s a good strategy to help you ease out of one role and into another. It is what I call the 15-Minute crossover . This is an agreement with everyone that allows you fifteen minutes to unwind,change your clothes,take a few deep breaths and have something refreshing to drink,or whatever works for you. Then you are better prepared to step into the role of wife, mother,or husband again. If you are able, push the time to twenty or thirty minutes and slip in a mini-nap. It makes a world of difference. Even if you don’t have a full house when you come home,you should still take fifteen minutes to unwind from the pressures of the day. Don’t allow busyness to determine the quality of your life.Take care of you first and everything else will fall in place.
If you have younger children who are eager to see you,the 15-Minute crossover may not be practical. Here’s another option. Before you pick them up from school or before you walk through the door at home,close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Allow yourself to become grounded. Actually feel your feet on the ground. Now mentally flick an imaginary switch and shut off all thoughts of work,then smile.
Focus on your children. They are the most important reasons for living,and they are eagerly awaiting your arrival. Now you are ready!
Do this each time you are feeling overwhelmed. With practice,it will become easier. Remember to smile. This changes your physiology and releases those “good feeling” hormones.
All that is important comes in quietness and waiting.Patrick Lindsay