The greatest gift you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention. ~ Anthony J D’Angelo
Sometimes we get too busy taking care of our responsibilities at home, in our work or business, and in our community, that we lose time and attention to ourselves. We are always pre occupied and hurried to do things that we rarely have time to rest or have a break. Time flew by and you wake up realising you haven’t live or accomplish anything worthwhile.
I have felt such feeling of restlessness and lack of accomplished tasks. Where I am always busy working yet nothing much changes in my life. Such situation then leads me to frustration and unhappiness.
Do You Need a Break?
Depending on your working orientation, but if you find yourself asking if you need a break, most probably you do. Because thinking of having a break and you don’t is already stressful enough that if you don’t may only further your feeling of restlessness and anxiety.
Too Busy for a Break?
Having a break doesn’t necessarily mean packing your bags and going out of town for a couple of days. Few minutes of break does wonders too.
Here are some of the things you can do to calm you down and can give relaxation:
Stand and Drink a Water
If you’ve been sitting for more than an hour working in front of a computer, the idea of standing up and drinking water can be a task especially if your working on something. But standing up and drinking water every hour can also help. I don’t have a scientific explanation but I too has a business that requires me to sit down for long hours analyzing financial data and other various tasks. To help me not get too tired and stressed with my task, I make a point to standup and drink water. If I don’t, I feel dehydrated and stressed. So if you’ve been feeling kinda sick of what you’re doing, don’t quit easily, instead try having a break by standing and drinking water at least every hour for a minute.
Walk in the morning for at least five minutes
Again, I’m not a doctor that can give medical explanation, but I find walking in the morning for at least five minutes relaxing and enlightening. It may be because of the cold weather and just right amount of heat from the sun. The perfect time for me to walk around is 6am to 7am. But if I can wake up at 5am, that will be better. Walking clears my mind and makes me appreciate nature: the wind, sunlight, trees, etc I guess I’m fortunate to be living in a community that is not too populated and noisy. Although I hope it has more trees.
Take a Bath
Having a long warmth bath can also help you relax and be calm. Try also scented body wash with mint or floral flavored. The best time is at night before you go to sleep. But don’t do it right after you arrive home. Do it an hour after you arrived home.
Be alone and do nothing
I’m hurried type of person but I’m trying my best to change it and become a calm and quiet person. The reason is cause I’ve seen the benefits of being quiet and calm instead of too much talking and hurried life. I guess it’s either I’m maturing or got tired talking. They say being alone is lonely but there are times I find the opposite truth. There will be times you will feel that being with people is worse than being alone. Especially if you’re surrounded by people who don’t share the same values and interest with you. So don’t be afraid to be alone.
Doing nothing, I used to think, is a lazy person hobby until I saw the benefit of it. As I said, I’m always in a hurry and always want to have an activity, I hated being still and do nothing. I thought it was unproductive. But now that I’m in my thirties, and after experiencing hurried and stressful lifestyle, I value and give time to being alone and do nothing. Because it gives me calmness and relaxation. It clears my head and distress me.
Write down your thoughts
Last but not least way to relax is writing down your thoughts. It can be work in the beginning but if you make it a habit, it becomes natural and easy. The benefit of writing down is it release all the thoughts in your head that keeps circulating and draining your energy and focus. Aside from that it also helps in calming and relaxing your mind.
You don’t need to do all the things I mentioned everyday. But at least try one for less than 30 minutes a day and just increase it as your time permits. It may not solve all your life problems but it will help you relax and calm down to resolve these problems with clarity.
For a final note let me leave you this quote from Buddha:
Relax, nothing is in control.