Often we imagine a hectic time ahead with absolutely no time to rest or relax, we may say to ourselves :
We set ourselves up for tension and anxiety for the whole day when we do this.
It basically means that if we do ease up on ourselves, things won’t get done as efficiently or we imagine that we may fall asleep on the job!
Research shows in fact that if we do take small regular breaks throughout the day, our performance and productivity is greatly improved.
Time out to Breathe
We are breathing all time, the body takes a breath in and then out, approximately 16 times per minute. When we feel anxious the breath speeds up and when we are relaxed it slows down.
Time out to breathe means that we take a minute or two a few times a day to simply observe your breath and consciously breathe more deeply. You don’t have to go anywhere special to do this, stay at your desk when working or whist preparing yourself a drink.
The benefits of deep breathing and quiet meditation are easy and practical ways to help you rest and relax. It prevents tension from building up in your body and mind and helps to control the body’s stress response created by a constantly active mind.
It is easy to find time to rest and relax throughout the day, it’s simply a matter of gently creating this new habit in your life and noticing how effective it is in helping you feel calm and rested.