1. Taking A Break
Use the following tips as training tools.
Present this situation to your group and brainstorm solutions together, or submit your own situation question to be answered in an upcoming newsletter.
When was the last time you took a real vacation from work or your daily routine? Was it just a long weekend or a full week or two? Do you take at least a 10-minute break morning and afternoon and a full hour lunch every day?
If your answers reveal that you don't take a week off a year and you don't typically take breaks and an hour for lunch, you are not taking care of yourself. You're full of excuses on why you don't treat yourself to these breaks. The reality is -- you are short changing your health and well being! You are probably overly stressed and heading for burnout!
It was stated In the USA Today newspaper last week that Americans, in general, were less likely to take vacations today than people in other countries. It said that many felt too overwhelmed with work when they returned from vacation so they avoided taking them.
For the last two weeks my husband and I were on vacation visiting the beautiful red rock Saint George, Utah area and the glittering Las Vegas, Nevada strip. We hiked the red rock mountains with friends and later met up with our two daughters in Las Vegas to celebrate a special birthday. Then we finished our trip with a 4-day Memorial Day dance event in Fresno, California with swing and country dance friends. We danced all day and night into morning, ate food we seldom eat (ice cream, cake and pizza) and enjoyed our annual extended dance party.
Yes, we were tired when we returned and things were piling up waiting for our return, but we succeeded in changing our scenery, doing things we didn't usually do and enjoying life a lot more.
Life is good! Our long break made us appreciate and be thankful for our health, our relationships and the life we live! Now we're eager to get back to our usual routine.
Many years ago when I was first starting my speaking career I would listen to audio tapes of well known speakers. I can still remember one that talked about giving yourself a break, a vacation, a chance to change your scenery, to recharge your spirit. He talked about a fishing trip where he sat in a boat with his fishing pole in hand waiting for the fish to bite. He said it was there he solved some of his greatest problems and challenges. After those vacations and long breaks, he was able to change his perspective on most everything.
Give yourself a chance to relax, recharge, and change your perspective too. You'll be more productive, healthy, and thankful!
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