Relaxation and time out – Make this one of your Top Tasks!


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Do you often hear the words, relax, take it easy, chill out? Is this something that people say to you?  And if this is familiar to you, what do you do about it?

There are so many benefits of taking time out, to step back and slow down. Just escaping the daily grind of managing the 101 ‘urgent’ tasks that seem to pop up, no matter what your personal position or role is in life, gives you the chance to stop reacting and to get off the hamster wheel.  If you only manage to escape for 2 or 3 days.  It is really important to take a break, to get away from it all.

Once your mind is emptied of all the daily minutiae that fills it to overflow, you are free to ponder on the important things of life.  Such as where your life’s journey is taking you and who you want to share your journey with. The starting point must surely be to take more breaks, to escape for a few days – or even longer if you can manage it.  Just allow yourself the time to slow down and to take stock.  To let what is deep inside come to the surface. To just sit and be yourself.

A short break, or holiday gives you the chance to unwind, to stop doing and instead, to just be. Trashy novels, long walks, lazing around. I don’t know about you but after I have had a holiday or time out, when I stop my normal day to day routines and chores, I seem drawn to making those big decisions that have been lurking about in the dark recesses of my mind.

So, what’s stopping you?  Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure it happens.

  1. Make sure you block out at least a week every 3 months. Go through your diary or calendar and commit yourself.
  2. Book time away from home, it is hard to stop working if you stay in your home surroundings.
  3. Stick to the dates, or if you really have to change them, make sure you don’t leave it too long in between breaks. Three months is the maximum, not the minimum.
  4. Get prepared for your break, buy some paperbacks or magazines, do some research on the area for walks etc.

I hope you find these tips helpful. It would be good to hear what you think about my ideas, and anything else you have come up with. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or following us on Twitter?


About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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