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Take A Break

 

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Description

When you have been working hard for a while, take a short break. For example:

  • Go and have a cup of tea or coffee.
  • Have a snack.
  • Have a gossip with friends or colleagues, face-to-face or electronically.
  • Go and look at the view out of the window.
  • Go outside for a short walk to get some fresh air.

When you do this, relax. Let your tensions slide away. Drop your shoulders. Let your arms hang loose for a bit. Then feel the warmth of the coffee mug and the coffee itself as it slides down your throat and warms you from the inside.

You can also take longer breaks. If you are busy, just take a day's holiday. Also plan and take longer holidays so you can fully unwind.

Discussion

When we are working we sometimes do not notice how tense we are becoming. Sometimes we do, but we still feel we have to keep our heads down. We thus anchor ourselves into doing things that we know need doing but which do not make up particularly happy.

Taking a break is a small reward of doing something we enjoy. It also has the benefits of letting our subconscious keep thinking about the problem whilst we consciously relax. 

A familiar coffee mug provides comfort as it fits warmly into the hands. Contact with friends also provide reassurance and warm feelings.

Beware of over-doing breaks, taking too many or taking too long. If your work slips too far then the resulting stress will more than negate the brief happiness from taking breaks.

See also

Retail Therapy

 

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