By Sara Jane

In today’s world far too many people spend far too many hours working.

You could achieve so much more in a lot less time if only you would take a break.

The more you do, the more tired and less focused your mind becomes; by taking a short break, especially going and getting some fresh air, clearing your mind, it can be like hitting the refresh button on your computer.

You can come back to what you were doing with fresh eyes and thoughts, seeing things from a slightly different perspective and achieve so much more than you would have done if you had worked through.

If you work at a desk, the break is not just important to refresh your mind but also stretch your body and feed your soul.

For a number of years I worked in an office and every lunchtime I would go for a walk to a local park, watching the people and the wildlife, listening to all the different sounds and letting go of everything that was going on in my life.

If I had had a difficult case or policy I was dealing with, clearing my mind helped bring things into a better focus.

Since going self-employed as a complementary therapist and teacher, I still give myself at least one daily walk out in the fresh air, feeling the sun, the wind and the rain; yes regardless of the weather I hit the refresh button for myself everyday unless I am working on a stand at a fair.

The walking, the exercise feeds my Mind, Body and Soul; it’s my way of meditating.

Find what works for you, meditation, going to the gym, walking the dog, just sitting outside and listening; think about your whole Being, feed and nourish it and it will keep working for you.

You may be one of those people who gives yourself a weekly, fortnightly or monthly treat of a massage or some other relaxing therapy. You may have learnt Reiki and give yourself a regular session.

Take a break, taking care of yourself is essential, remember prevention is better than a cure and an empty vessel cannot feed, nourish, water or help anyone.

Do you allow yourself to unwind before you go to sleep at night?

Do you do something that helps you to take your mind off the day’s activities and all the things on your list for tomorrow?

Again find something that works for you; me personally I do a Sudoku and a codeword puzzle, while my mind is occupied with them it lets go of everything else.

Whatever you do, enjoy it; sometimes I have the television on and other times I listen to one of my favourite CD’s.

Give yourself permission to have time off; if you have a family have some of that time off together but also for each of you to have “me time”.

Maybe you are someone who likes to go to football with your friends or walk the dog on your own or having a relaxing massage or bubble bath.

The saying goes “a change is as good as a rest”, refreshing isn’t always about resting or sleeping, it is about taking a break, doing something different, nourishing your mind, body and spirit in whatever way is totally right for you.

Write, read, sing, dance, play or watch a sport, do crosswords, walk, run, paint, ,make something, find a hobby, learn something new.

You are a very special Being, don’t become a slave to work, family or friends, regularly hit the refresh button on your life and encourage others to do the same and watch how your life changes.

Love, Peace & Light


Copyright © Sara Jane