There are times in life when you simply have no control. You’re having a bad week, you’re having a bad year as though it seems… Maybe it’s time to step away…
I recently took a vacation and found myself, still working. This is not usual as I get anxiety from leaving things unattended. Ok, so I am a little controlling, not necessarily a bad thing but not necessarily a good thing either. When I did realize what I was doing, I put my phone in airplane mode and the anxiety almost went away.
I am the first to say, I am a workaholic. I don’t like to leave things undone and if there’s a project needing to be done let me tell you I’m gonna get it done. One of my better qualities yet something I need to work on still is my patience. I don’t have any if it can be done why wait?
So as usual, I am in this beautiful country (Costa Rica) and find myself working again. I can not seem to let go, my wife is occupied so why not do something useful. Then it dawns on me, I’m here to relax not work. I’m here to get away, what I am doing I could do at home!!
I immediately put my phone in airplane mode and began reading, something I enjoy yet do rarely. One of my favorite authors/speakers is Les Brown and if you haven’t heard of him you should look him up. As I read, I found myself thinking about work yet knowing it would be there upon my return. The material was so great I found me reading it twice on my vacation!
I had finally stepped away. On day 3 of my vacation I found myself taking a nap, two actually and it felt great! I was relaxed, in tune with myself and I was enjoying my vacation the way I was suppose to.
So why am I telling you all this? I want you to realize that it is ok to step away. The world will be there when you return. Your problems, your work, all of it will be there. It is in your best interest to step away. This is going to help your mental and physical body so much more than you believe. Who knows it may make those around you notice and relieve more stress than you ever imagined.
Try this, I want to find a quiet place and close your eyes. Now, just take about 10 deep breaths. Nice and deep, nice and slow…
Now, how do you feel? Wouldn’t it be great to feel this way all the time? Step away from the desk, take a walk. Take a day off and sleep in or take a vacation, you and your body deserve it