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Take a Break

So often, we know inside ourselves that we need a break. That break might be a full-fledged vacation or a weekend getaway. (“Taking A Break from This Crazy Thing Called Work Life”) Either way, getting out of the daily grind can be amazingly liberating and a huge way to get rid of stress and anxiety.

Unfortunately, many people think they cannot take the time to get away. This is toxic thinking. Get out and get away! “How many times have you continued working, knowing that you are not giving 100% to the task at hand?” (“Beat Your Depression | Too Busy to Take a Break?”)

How many times have you read or written the same sentence repeatedly, as your mind keeps wandering and thinking about other things? (“Taking A Break from This Crazy Thing Called Work Life”) How often have you wanted to take a break from the family or kids but feared the consequences of doing so? It is time for a break!

“Why do we not allow ourselves the time to take a ‘time out’?” (“Stress Management (25) Take a Break – Getting Out of the …”) We feel like we do not deserve it or that there is just too much to be done. There are many genuine reasons for needing to complete jobs and tasks; however, we may also on occasion have ‘hidden agendas’ as to why we cannot stop for a break. (“Taking A Break from This Crazy Thing Called Work Life”)

Why? It could be ego. Some people simply enjoy boasting about, ‘how late they had to work to complete a project’ or ‘how much effort they invested to complete the job so quickly.’ This type of person is often looking to impress others with their efforts, thereby increasing their ego in the process. (“Taking A Break from This Crazy Thing Called Work Life”)

You think you just cannot take the time off. “I can’t stop; I just have to get this finished”. Does this sound familiar? “I can’t stop because the job has to be finished, WHY? So, I can move straight on to the next thing, and the next, and the next etc.” This person will find that there is always something that must be done, which will constantly prevent him/her from taking a break. (“Taking A Break from This Crazy Thing Called Work Life”)

You just feel like you need to be needed. A mother managing the household, kids and other chores may feel as if her household will collapse if she were to put her feet up or take a weekend off! By not taking a break she can keep convincing herself that her role is crucial, and the family would collapse without her input. This may indeed be true but is still not a good enough reason to prevent her having a rest! (“Tradutor Inglês › Português: Maybe you just feel like you …”)

Get rid of that thinking! You can get some amazing benefits just by taking a little time for yourself! Allowing your mind and/or body to rest can help re-focus your attention, sharpen your wits, and increase motivation. In addition, taking time out helps to relieve stress, can aid the recovery of tired muscles, and promotes the discovery that there is more to life than just work. (“Stress Management (25) Take a Break – Getting Out of the …”)

Many athletes will tell you that an important part of their training routine is rest. Muscles need time to repair after a workout. (“Stress Management (25) Take a Break – Getting Out of the …”) Remember that your brain is a type of muscle as well. It needs time to rest and recuperate to perform at its best. (“Breaking Up with Your Best Friend: Stress”)

By giving your brain time off, you will be able to better concentrate and give tasks you once found difficult your full attention. (“Breaking Up with Your Best Friend: Stress”) They will be easier, believe me!

So, you have decided that a break is in order. Good for you! A break can be anything from a 10-minute meditation session to a trip around the world, and anything in-between. I think a break should be something that takes your mind off a preoccupation with the everyday tedium of life. (“Stress Management (25) Take a Break – Getting Out of the …”)

So, depending on the time you wish to avail towards relaxing you may enjoy reading, watching a movie, cooking, playing with the kids, riding a motorbike, or driving, exercising, or doing sports, traveling, or simply sleeping! (“Stress Management (25) Take a Break – Getting Out of the …”)

While you are taking this rest allow yourself the time to do it and do not feel guilty about. “You will gain so very much by this time off, so enjoy the time you are giving yourself.” (“Stress Management (25) Take a Break – Getting Out of the …”)

Life will go on without you and contrary to what your mind might be telling you, everyone will survive – even when you are not there! Let everything go and concentrate on YOU for once instead of everyone around you! (“Manage Your Stress While Life.”)

If you are feeling tired, unmotivated, or just in need of a rest, do not be a martyr or look negatively at this. (“Stress Management (25) Take a Break – Getting Out of the …”) You may find that, allowing yourself a break will help you become more efficient and effective in every part of your life. Plus, you will get the desperately needed recharging of your “batteries” that you need and sorely deserve! (“Stress Management (25) Take a Break – Getting Out of the …”)

Work can be one of the most stressful places to be. You might think that none of these techniques can help you when you are around your co-workers. You could not be more wrong.

Relaxing at Work

Coffee breaks are not the only times when you can take a moment for yourself. Experience has taught me that coffee (or smoke) breaks can add to the stress you feel when you are at work.

Some of the suggestions we have given you in this book can certainly be practiced at work, but, unfortunately, others cannot. (“ELIMINATE STRESS AND ANXIETY FROM YOUR LIFE”) Here is a tried-and-true method to help you relax at work.

Primarily, find a place to sit. “Sit up straight with your back against the back of your chair, your feet flat on the floor, and your hands resting lightly on your thighs.” (“ELIMINATE STRESS AND ANXIETY FROM YOUR LIFE”) If possible, close your eyes. You may do the exercise without closing your eyes but closing your eyes will help you relax a bit more. Do not clench your eyes shut. Let your eyelids fall naturally. (“Stress Management (26) Perform These Simple Exercises When …”)

Breathe in slowly through your nose, counting to five. Hold the breath for a count of five. Breathe out slowly, counting to five. Repeat.

This exercise is performed by tensing and holding a set of muscles for a count of five, and then relaxing the set of muscles for a count of five. (“Tradutoringles.com.br | Tradutor de Inglês Para Português …”)

When you tense each muscle set, do it as hard as you can without hurting yourself. When you release the hold, be as relaxed as possible. Begin by tensing your feet. Do this by pulling your feet off the floor and your toes toward you while keeping your heels on the floor. (“Stress Management (26) Perform These Simple Exercises When …”)

Hold for a slow count of five. Release the hold. Let your feet fall gently back. Feel the relaxation. “Think about how it feels compared to when you tensed the muscles.” (“ELIMINATE STRESS AND ANXIETY FROM YOUR LIFE”) Relax for a count of five.

“Next tense your thigh muscles as hard as you can.” (“ELIMINATE STRESS AND ANXIETY FROM YOUR LIFE”) Hold for a count of five. Relax the muscles and count to five.

Tighten your abdominal muscles and hold for a count of five. Relax the muscles for a count of five. Be sure you are continuing to sit up straight.

“Tense your arm and hand muscles by squeezing your hands into fists as hard as you can.” (“ELIMINATE STRESS AND ANXIETY FROM YOUR LIFE”) Hold for a count of five. Relax the muscles completely for a count of five.

Tighten your upper back by pushing your shoulders back as if you are trying to touch your shoulder blades together. Hold for a count of five. Relax for a count of five. (“Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises for Men”)

Tense your shoulders by raising them toward your ears as if shrugging and holding for a count of five. (“Tradutoringles.com.br | Tradutor de Inglês Para Português …”) Relax for a count of five.

Tighten your neck first by gently moving your head back (as if looking at the ceiling) and holding for five. Relax for five. Then gently drop your head forward and hold for five. Relax for a count of five.

Tighten your face muscles. First open your mouth wide and hold for five. Relax for five. Then raise your eyebrows up high and hold for five. Relax for five. Finally clench your eyes tightly shut and hold for five. (“March 2007 How to Relax at Your Desk. Here’s How”) Relax (with eyes gently closed) for five.

Finish the exercise with breathing. Breathe in slowly through your nose, counting to five. Hold the breath for a count of five. Breathe out slowly, counting to five. Repeat four times. And that is it!

Perform this exercise whenever you need to relax, whether it is on a plane or in a car or anyplace else you may be sitting. Because this exercise may be very relaxing, it should not be performed while driving. (“Stress Management (26) Perform These Simple Exercises When …”)

Over time, if performed regularly, this exercise will help you recognize tension in your body. You will be able to relax muscles at any time rather than performing the entire exercise. Perform at least twice a day for long-term results. (“Stress Management (26) Perform These Simple Exercises When …”)

You may develop your own longer relaxation exercise by adding more muscle groups. Pinpoint your own areas of tension then tense and relax these areas in the same way. (“Stress Management (26) Perform These Simple Exercises When …”)

“Maximize the relaxation benefits of this exercise by visualizing a peaceful scene at the end of the exercise.” (“Stress Management (26) Perform These Simple Exercises When …”)

Visualize a scene – a place where you feel relaxed – in detail for at least 5 minutes. Remember the happy place?

Go there and enjoy it!

There is NO WAY to eliminate stress from your life. (“Emotional Numbness: Symptoms, Causes & Relief | Calmerry”) “What you can do is to learn how to make that stress work FOR you.” (“ELIMINATE STRESS AND ANXIETY FROM YOUR LIFE”)

Stress management is not as difficult as it might seem. However, we cannot emphasize this next point enough. If you think you have too much stress in your life, it may be helpful to talk with your doctor, spiritual advisor, or local mental health association.

Because reactions to stress can be a factor in depression, anxiety, and other disorders, they may suggest that you visit with a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or other qualified counselor.

Best Wishes, Coyalita

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