Give Me A Break!

Relax and "Rejuvenate" Your Mind and Body

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Stress is a fact of life.  We all know that.  Life is hectic, stressful, and intense these days.

The big question is, does the rapid pace and stress of life create anxiety and unhappiness for you or those you love?  If the answer is yes - even slightly - then you need to know how to deal with it.

Part of dealing with the stress and anxiety life throws at us is knowing how to take "breaks" from all the intensity.  And, as most of you probably know, that's not easy.  There are so many demands placed on us everyday, it's just not easy to find the time to relax.

So, first, check out some of these recommended resources to help you relax and have more fun in life, then read on below to get some helpful tips designed to "give yourself a break"...



How to Take a Break

Don't Watch TV:  Some people use drugs and/or alcohol to get their "break" from reality.  That's beyond the scope of this discussion and if you have an issue with this, you should seek help.  

Similarly, many more people use TV and other forms of entertainment as a way to "escape".  They see TV as a way to "take a break".  Unfortunately, this is at best a waste of time.  More importantly is the fact that TV can actually increase stress and anxiety - especially if you watch the news (click here to understand why). 

Spend time alone: Recent studies show that people would rather experience pain than spend time by themselves.  Yes, people just don't like to be alone and think about life (see my article about "boredom" by clicking here). 

But, spending time alone can be a great way to "take a break" from all the craziness of life.  Surely, everyone is different.  Some people absolutely hate being alone.  Others love it.  Most people are somewhere in between.  Whatever your perspective is, it is important to spend time alone as a way to take a break and get to know yourself.  Two overlapping strategies for spending time alone are with the next two tips...

Meditation: This can be a tough one. Few people understand the value of meditation and even fewer practice it. It's like flossing.  Most people know it's something they should do, but it can be hard to get into the habit of flossing ... or meditating.  It takes getting into a habit, which is not always easy.  Have you considered meditating?  Have you tried it and not kept it up? 

Meditation, first, requires (usually) that you spend time alone.  More importantly, though, it allows your mind and body to take a break.  Many people feel it is the ultimate relaxation, stress-reducing, and success-building strategy.  To find out more about how to meditate and what benefits it provides, click here.

"Take a hike": This is one of the easier strategies to employ in your daily life.  It's really all about walking regularly - either alone (which helps with the "spend time alone" strategy above) or with others.  And, it can help you get some "exercise", too (see below).

Yes, research is now showing that walking is great for health, fitness, and longevity.  Part of that is because of the great physical benefit it provides, but...

It also provides many mental "break" benefits as well, especially if you walk or hike outdoors, in nature, in quiet, peaceful, beautiful surroundings.  Believe it or not, our minds crave this - even though we may not realize it.  There is more and more evidence that walking daily is great for "taking a break".  And, if you work in a corporate environment where you have meetings in a conference room or office regularly, consider taking walking meetings - again, preferably outdoors.  The benefits are tremendous.  Click here to get a copy of "A Guide to Healthy Living" for just 99 cents.  It explains all this in more detail.


Exercise: A proven stress-reliever is exercise.  Most everyone knows that.  It reduces the effects of stress for many reasons and can provide a "physical break" from the psychological stresses of life. 

Like many other things in life, it must become a habit, though, since it is not something most people would do naturally.  Once it does become a habit, the physical and mental benefits are tremendous.

Again, my "Guide to Healthy Living" goes into more detail about this (and many other health and longevity strategies), so click here to get it for a mere 99 cents (you'll wonder why I don't charge $9.99 for it).

The Bottom Line...

We all need to take a "break" - and we need it regularly.  That doesn't necessarily mean every day, although that would be best.  It just means you should create a plan that allows you to rejuvenate your mind and body so you can reduce stress and anxiety, strengthen your immune system, be healthier and more productive, and live a happier, more fulfilled life. 

So, give yourself a break.  Get into the habit of taking a walk everyday - even if it's "walking meetings" at work. 

Spend time alone.  Get some regular exercise.  Try meditation.  Whatever works for you, just get into the habit of taking some kind of break as often as possible.  It will change your life.

BeHappy! my friends


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