How do you find your zen when hustle is such a strong theme in our society? You’ve seen the memes on Instagram. You’ve scrolled past the graphics on Facebook. Hustle is glorified in our society. Working 60-70 hours a week somehow means you’ve achieved super-human status. Hey, who wouldn’t love to be super-human? The reality is, though, that we’re all human-human. Some of us are incredibly gifted, but there are a few commonalities that we all share. We all need rest. We all need food. Our bodies, minds and spirits all need a break from time to time.
According to Psychology Today, taking breaks is imperative to increased productivity. This same article even suggests that “prolonged attention to a single task actually hinders productivity.” What does all this mean? It means if you ever want to even come close to super-human, you’ve got to embrace your limitations and work with them instead of against them. How? I’m so glad you asked!
I wanta dance with somebody.
Ok, I am not saying you need to grab your bestie and take a Zumba class in the middle of your day ( kudos to those who do). But what I am saying is you need to move! That’s right – get up from your desk! Did you know that simply getting up and taking a 10 minute walk releases endorphins? Endorphins make handling the stresses of work more manageable. When you feel like you’re in control, you’re less likely to be overwhelmed with the project or task you’re working on. Movement is known to decrease anxiety and depression as well. No wonder movement is on the list of the best ways to take a breather! Now if you are a busy spa director or manager, and you have been doing walkthroughs all day – you have probably surpassed your 10K step goal as of 10 am. My challenge for you is to take a small walk outside, a walk that doesn’t require you to stop and tidy a relaxation room.
Breathe, Pray, Meditate, Repeat.
We know meditation is HOT HOT HOT, after being announced as one of the Global Wellness Institute’s 2019 trends, it’s the new “THING”. And for good reason too! Now more than ever, our days (and nights) are filled with noise. For me its usually the chirp of my phone – my screen time report is SCARY. I use meditation as a way to center myself, at the start and end of each day. Let me tell you 5 minutes a day, keeps the crazies away!
If you don’t know where or how to start your meditation practice, there are some amazing apps out there you can load on your smartphone that will guide you through the process with great ease. Some favorites are Headspace, Calm and Unplug. Each brand offers you a free trial so you can really delve in and see which you like most. My team loves Unplug because it offers a variety of meditation leaders, it offers a wide range of times for meditation (so you meditate based on how much time you have) and it also even offers hypnosis! If you do one thing for you today download one of these apps! And if you do one thing for yourself tomorrow, USE IT!
I found this quote on Scientific American and I love it because I think it sums up what most of us think regarding taking breaks compared to what it really looks like; “Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets,” There’s no way around it. You’ve got to be kind to you if you want to rise to the top. As the old saying goes, “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” Go find something you love to do and do that. Feed your soul. Take care of you! Until next time –