So much of our lives are ruled by time, with school, work, appointments, transport connections all needing to be turned up immediately for. Even when we’re looking forward to something like a run, a swim, a game of golf we might well be competing with other people or seeking to improve on our own personal best.
It is good sometimes to be highly motivated to improve, or feel invigorated to push ourselves to conquer somebody else, but it’s also very important to notice if we ever switch off and occasionally ensure that we do. Consider slowing down, perhaps changing down a gear occasionally.
Let us look at a few important ways to switch off.
– Notice when your’amber lights’ begin to flash. Exactly like traffic lights, red means stop, green means go and amber means slow down, proceed with caution, get ready to stop. Amber lights become noticeable once you’re doing too much, have become stressed and helpless.
Everyone has their own personal warning signs of stress. Yours may be if your sleeping patterns are affected, you’re smoking or drinking more, your good humour has evaporated, your perspective has become more gloomy. Those niggles, irritations and mood changes alert us to the need to switch off and take a break. We need to take some’me time’, so intercepting that red light before it appears and causes everything to stop. Switch off for a while and return to a healthy ‘green for go’ state.
– Did you know that 19 million days of annual leave remain untaken in the UK each year? And that figure does not include the sole traders, small businesses and self-employed who regularly forgo holidays, feel they are too busy to switch off and take a vacation for fear of missing out on sales, business opportunities or outside of concern at being unavailable and disappointing their clientele.
But switching off for a time gives your mind a rest and you’ll often find that when you do return to work you are feeling refreshed, recharged and excited to return. You might even have had time to reflect on your business and develop stimulating new insights and thoughts.
– Start that large task, the one that you’ve perhaps been dreading or avoiding. By being proactive and beginning work on it you stop it from constantly playing in your mind, so preventing you from switching off. It might help to split it into parts; what you can do now, what you can’t proceed with until you have had a response, those areas in which you need somebody else’s help and expertise. Notice what you’ve put into motion and then switch off until you’re next in a position to continue.
– Do actions for their own sake. Not everything has to have a point or purpose to it. Clear time for painting, craft work, walking, even pottering around or people-watching in the mall over coffee. Value the fun, satisfaction and curative benefits they bring into your life.
Remind yourself how beautiful it is to switch off from the day’s requirements. Really focus on what you’re doing so you become oblivious to external distractions.
– Live at the moment. Appreciate the perspective, the weather, the scenery when you are taking a walk. Enjoy the coffee you’re drinking or the food you’re eating, value the company you’re with. Give your full attention to whatever you’re doing, the people you’re with and find that your relationships improve as a consequence.
– Turn off your technology. Set aside specific times for checking online unless there is an emergency situation that requires regular monitoring. There are few things that can not want to have an hour or so and you might realize that you become more time efficient once you fritter less in constant scanning of updates and messages.
– Designate a location as your oasis or harbor, where you are able to go to truly switch off. For many their bedroom is their place of peace and calm. Include personal touches with your choice of fabrics, colors, decor. If you need a workstation in your bedroom, screen it off at the end of every working day.
– Wind down before bed, so giving your sleep and sleep quality the significance they deserve. Save it for another more appropriate time. Have a bath, a relaxing shower and wash off the day’s anxieties and cares. For those who have a tough mental job possibly enjoy some yoga or a leisurely walk before bed so that you’re able to wind down gradually.
Heal switching off as significant and you might find that you manage your stress levels more effectively, often achieving a greater work/life balance and a happier, healthier quality of life.