Take a Breath — You’ll Get More Done — Really

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Don’t forget to take a breath, too.

Take a breath? Are you kidding? I’m too busy.

How often have you felt that way?

It’s true that finding time to take a breath is one of the hardest things for busy and productive people to do. 

But those all-important, refreshing breaks are vital, not just to your well-being but also to your productivity.

Yes, but…

I know what you’re thinking. There’s always that one more thing.

You know, the one that keeps you task-bound and, ultimately, saps your energy, enthusiasm, and productivity.  And it even affects your health. 

If you struggle to make time to take a breath, are these some of the things you think and/or do?

Do you:

  • Drive yourself to achieve and get it all done as soon as possible?
  • See anything that pulls you away from what you ‘should’ be doing as frivolously wasting time?
  • Feel like you just don’t have time for activities that aren’t absolutely ‘productive’ and ‘necessary’?

There’s another way…

When you drive yourself you deplete yourself. So, it’s essential that you allow time for relaxing activities that aren’t directly related to work.

If you want to be productive, you need to change your pace, your focus, and your energy throughout the day. For example, try alternating a task where you are passively sitting at your computer with one where you are active.

Moving your body also moves your energy and this, in turn, helps you recharge and refocus. And make sure that you approach these shifts in activity with openness, gratitude, and compassion, and not with harshness or urgency.

Take a breath.

And yes, sometimes it’s as simple as just taking a breath. Pausing in that way helps you put your feet back on the ground and reconnect with yourself. You don’t have to spend a lot of time to reap a lot of benefit.

For even greater benefit, set a time every day for exercise and relaxation. I routinely exercise in the earlier part of my day.  This helps to balance my energy and ground me, so I begin my work with enthusiasm.

And I use a timer to remind me when it’s time to move. So, with every hour of sitting, I take 10-15 minutes to stand up, move my body, and re-energize myself. Going outdoors or playing with my puppies helps me counterbalance my work energy.

How about this week?

Try to make one small change this week and document what you notice as you move from June into July. After your routine becomes second nature, encourage yourself to add something else to your day.

Be gentle and kind to yourself, and remember that self-care is a profound and meaningful responsibility.

And for more help…

Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty and there are no gas stations anywhere to be found? That’s what it’s like when you aren’t taking care of yourself.

It’s an awful feeling and one that’s all too familiar for many of us. In fact, if I had to guess, I’d say that finding time to just take a breath is one of the biggest challenges going. And I’ve created an E-Guide that addresses this challenge and offers you a path to creating your own, rejuvenating self-care routines and rituals. It’s titled “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life.”

This E-Guide gets right down to business as it offers questions, insights and exercises aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of:

  • What gets in your way when it comes to taking care of yourself.
  • How your capacity for compassion is connected to self-care.
  • The activities that are most nurturing for you, and how to include them in your schedule, EVERY day.

To begin your self-care journey and claim your copy of “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life” click below:


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