Your brain needs a timeout and i don’t mean when you get a drink to relax (though I do like those too). I am talking about a natural timeout!!
I say that at least once a day you should do a timeout! Yes, I am using the word timeout like you do with kids. You should give yourself a break from everything, so that you can recharge. You can call it meditation. You could call it Spiritual time. What I am talking about is scheduling 30 minutes a day and stop everything you are doing and just do nothing. I tell my clients to do this and its harder than you think.
I’m asking you to pick a time, doesn’t matter what time of day or night, and just sit. No phone, no laptop, no book , no TV! You can close your eyes or keep them open. Just sit and try to relax. Sometimes choosing the place makes it easier. I have a front porch filled with plants and trees and i can see the neighborhood in front of me. Its relaxing to me.
Start out scheduling 10 minutes a day. Do you best to hold out. If you can’t at first, don’t get frustrated or mad, keep trying every day. then after 2 weeks schedule 15 minutes a day. 2 weeks after that, schedule 20 minutes a day, and 2 weeks after that 30 minutes a day.
Before you say you are too busy, it CAN be done. The key is to make it a PART of your schedule. It can be done before the kids wake up or after they are asleep. It can be done any time of the day. You have to give back to yourself. There is no shame in NOT working 24/7. You will feel better, i guarantee it!! Try it!
Clearer minds can result in all kinds of positive things!
You know me, I’m all about positive reinforcement! Especially saying it out loud and to yourself.
It has been tough the past few weeks. The world seems to be spinning out of control. We all have so many feelings about todays events. I see it on social media. The outrage, the anger, the sadness, the fear. I understand all of those emotions. They are valid. Even I feel some of them.
But I have one thing that I want to remind you to remind yourself as we go through these times:
You don’t have to abandon them. There will always be stuff going on in the world. Much of it needs our attention. Find the balance. Volunteering, giving of time and money, supporting, any kind of activism can still be done WHILE you strive to live your best life. Giving yourself to your community is part of living your best life. There is room for all of it.
No need to feel guilty or shame for wanting to acheive a personal or professional goal. Especially when people are out to do harm and halt our lives, I feel its more imperative that we shut them down and thrive in society today. In spite of them! And give back in any way we can!
I completely agree!! thank You Peter Walsh!!
I recommend to everyone that STOPPING and taking stock in your life every once in a while is good. You could have clutter in your life that is not physical or an object. It could be emotional and manifest in too many projects or staying at a job for way too long. You know how it is!! You stay at a job you have hated for years but you don’t do anything about it!
You could be trying to be there for everyone! Spreading yourself too thin with your family. You could be doing it all but are you doing it all well?
Take a look at your life and subtract where you can. Let go of things that no longer feed you on the inside! Do it!!!