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How to take a break for yourself

by Saad Jamshaid about a month ago in how to
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Everyone needs to take a break from their daily activities now and then. It’s easy to get caught up in work and school and forget about the things that you like to do, the people you care about, and the reasons you got into whatever it is that you do. It’s important to take time out of your busy schedule to appreciate all the wonderful things that make life worth living! Here are some tips on how to take a break and appreciate life!

Take time off from technology

More than any other time in history, our lives are now intertwined with technology. As we use smartphones, laptops, and tablets throughout our daily routines, it’s easy to become sedentary.

At my company, one way we combat sedentariness is by establishing designated technology-free zones at work — it might be a day of your work week or even just an hour here and there. How do you combat technology overload? At home? On vacation? Let us know in the comments!

It’s important to unplug now and then, says Linda Perlis, founder of Confident Coaching. It gives us time to recharge and be in sync with our intuition rather than get swept up in everyone else’s view of what we should be doing or thinking.

Take an afternoon off from your phone and computer — try meditation, cooking, or taking a walk in nature. It may sound scary at first, but give it a try: You might find you enjoy it!

Studies have shown that it’s during our unconscious time — when we’re not using or thinking about technology — that our minds start coming up with ideas.

Think of ways you can put technology aside and make space in your day for those moments: when you first wake up, on your commute home, before dinner, etc.

Remember who you are

Many of us don’t know how or simply choose not, to disconnect. When it comes to our careers and productivity, we’re addicted to and self-medicating with our devices. According to neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, multitasking is fooling ourselves into thinking we’re more productive than we really are.

His best advice? Take a short break (say, 15 minutes) every couple of hours-long enough so that you don’t feel guilty but short enough so that you return refreshed and energized.

If you have young children, you’ve probably been so busy taking care of them that you haven’t taken time to remember who you are as an individual. When was the last time you spent time with your friends?

It can be tough when everyone around us is in need, but if we don’t take care of ourselves, we won’t be able to help others. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones.

Taking breaks is an important part of work-life balance. Even though your job can be stressful, try not to allow that stress and responsibility to consume you so much that you forget about what’s important:

Your friends, family, health, hobbies, and passions. It’s important to remember who you are outside of your job — after all, it’s also what makes you happy!

Get over it!

People often tell themselves that they deserve time off. What they really mean is, that I need a break from my job, but I’m not going to spend time with friends or family, and definitely not doing anything fun. Instead, I’m going to sit around and feel sorry for myself.

So instead of giving yourself permission to take a vacation from your responsibilities — not even from your obligations but from things you enjoy — realize that you’re working so hard because you love what you do. For many people, work is an important part of who they are.

If you want or need some time away from work, then treat it like any other obligation: plan it into your schedule and make sure you honor it.

Life happens! It’s totally fine and healthy to take a mental health day when things get overwhelming. Whether you decide to head into work late, sleep in all morning, or hide out at home, just know that everyone needs an escape from time to time.

Life is stressful — it’s important we learn how to recharge our batteries and keep those stress levels at bay. It’s also important we don’t beat ourselves up about taking time for ourselves.

So, you’re overworked. And stressed out. And tired. That doesn’t mean you have to stay that way! Take time each day — even if it’s just 10 minutes or so — to do something nice for yourself, whether it’s listening to music, reading your favorite book, or taking a quick trip outdoors.

Take time off from social media

Taking time off from social media can help you maintain your sanity. Instead of scrolling through your phone, log out and give your eyes a rest by reading a book or writing in a journal. You’ll be surprised at how refreshing it is to unplug from time to time.

And contrary to popular belief, taking breaks from social media does not make you less relevant or interesting; if anything, it makes you more so by allowing you to focus on other areas of life that are equally as important.

From Facebook and Twitter to Instagram and Snapchat, it’s easy to fill our days with social media. These sites are great, but they can also be addictive if you use them too much.

Taking time off from these sites will give you more focus on your day-to-day tasks since it’s very easy to get sidetracked scrolling through your feeds! Plus, taking time off from social media is an excellent way to disconnect from work and relax — try it!

Social media can be fun, but if you spend all day on it, it can become a time suck. And if your life is already pretty demanding, taking time off from social media may help relieve some stress and clear your head.

In order to have peace of mind, turn off notifications on your phone so that you’re not receiving constant updates or reminders.

Spend time with friends, family, or pets

Recharging is a crucial part of taking care of yourself. Make sure you schedule time with friends, family, or your pets. Go do something you love doing. It doesn’t matter what it is — you can read a book, write in your journal, or listen to audiobooks.

Just do something that will make you happy and get your mind off things for at least 20 minutes every day. Schedule it on your calendar and make sure you don’t cancel! That 20 minutes away from work is just as important as that hour when you catch up on Netflix (and so worth it).

Spending time with friends and family is a great way to relieve stress. Make plans to do something that you enjoy with people you love, such as playing board games or seeing a movie. If your pets are stressed out too, spend some extra time with them! Pets are good listeners, and they need love just like people do.

Spending time with those you love is one of our favorite ways to recharge — and it’s also one of our favorite hobbies! Spending time with friends, family, or pets can instantly make you feel better.

There’s something about getting out of your routine and taking in some new scenery that can instantly lift your spirits and make you forget about any stresses from work. Plus, when we spend time with people we care about, our hearts are happy and healthy!

Do something new

If you’re feeling burnt out, that boredom can make it difficult to get excited about anything. Research shows that new and novel experiences stimulate neurogenesis in your brain’s hippocampus.

Which is important for learning and memory, says Dr. Lisa Frumkin, a psychologist at NYU Langone Medical Center. Put an interesting spin on traditional problem-solving activities by stepping outside of your usual routine and trying something completely different.

You may find that giving your brain a vacation leads to more productive insights when you return. This means going outdoors or trying something creative like sketching or photography. And getting lost might just be a great way to get found — so go exploring!

It might sound counterintuitive, but taking a break from your day-to-day activities and indulging in something totally new can actually boost creativity. Try it: instead of working out, go hiking.

Instead of cooking dinner, try walking around town or exploring a new restaurant you’ve never tried before. You might not realize how much you need it until you just try something different. And hey — you might even find that you enjoy it more than your regular routine. That’s creativity at work!

Learning how to get out of your comfort zone and do something completely new is key. Being in our comfort zone keeps us stagnant. When we do something new, it challenges us and pushes us forward. So, if you’re trying to motivate yourself, try doing something new!

Set goals for your time off

It can be difficult to make space in your life when you feel like everything is hectic. But setting aside time to relax and focus on your personal well-being is essential if you want to feel more fulfilled.

The phrase remember who you are might sound like a cliché, but sometimes it helps just to stop and realize how great your life is right now. Take some time out of each day that’s just for you: Play with your dog, go dancing or have some alone time at home.

It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it makes you happy! Try not to worry about having enough free time; if things get busy, think of these breaks as something that needs to be added — not subtracted — from your schedule.

If you’re traveling somewhere, decide ahead of time what you want to accomplish. This will help you focus on your trip and stop from wasting time by not having any goals.

If you plan on staying home, be sure that there are still things that you can do, even if it’s just cleaning up your yard or organizing your closet.

Use your time off as an opportunity to set goals and make plans, rather than looking at them with dread. While you’re not working, outline what you want to accomplish over the next few months.

And brainstorm some ways in which you can achieve these. It doesn’t matter if they’re big or small — as long as they’re attainable and will help improve your career prospects later on.

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Saad Jamshaid

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