Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m all about making goals, and striving to achieve those goals. As humans, there is something about achieving a goal that feels really good. However, there are times that it can get out of hand. We can get so caught up in chasing that goal or dream that we actually begin to work against ourselves. Stretching our time to the breaking point can make us cranky, quick to snap, and do a lot of damage to our relationships and our health. The stress can feel overwhelming to say the least.
Knowing when to slow down for a moment and take a couple of days for downtime is actually a smart thing to do. Studies suggest that those individuals who take breaks from time to time are more refreshed, and are actually more productive. It doesn’t matter if it is in the form of a nap, book, walk, bike ride, day at the beach or taking a few days to drive out to the country for some fresh air, it all has the same positive impact on your health and wellness.
Life can get really hard, and BUSY…sometimes too busy where we feel like we are about to lose our minds! I’m willing to bet that many of those “to-do’s” and responsibilities will still be there after your chosen relaxation. So put them on pause and make some for yourself to recharge.
We recently held our annual women’s retreat in the Texas Hill Country. It was so nice to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. After a few days of hiking, sitting by the lake, eating nutritious meals, and a lot of laughing, the problems of everyday life didn’t seem so insurmountable any longer. We all left refreshed, and renewed. My hope is that you take a moment for yourself and do the same.
What is something that would give your body, mind, and spirit a little break?
What did you enjoy back when you had more free time?
Make the time.