Following on last week’s blog about being kind to yourself, give yourself a time out this week.  The holidays are such a wonderful time of year, but there are so many extra things to get done, family to deal with, and events to attend.

Do you feel the anxiety building?  Like you want to yell and pound your fists?  Or like your plate is so full that it’s going to crush you?

Take a time out.

But, who has time?!?  Not me.  My plate feels like it’s about to crush me often, and I keep thinking that if I can just get a few things done, it will feel manageable…maybe.

Except.

There is a never-ending stream of things being added to it.  And, there are always things I forgot were even on it.

So, take a time out.

It doesn’t have to be long.

And it will help you more than you know.

Just a few seconds or minutes of time out will help.  At the very least, it can bring some calm to your mind.

Here are a few ways to get that time out to refresh your mind, body, and spirit so that you can feel less overwhelmed, be more productive, produce better quality work, calm your mind and body, be better for you and those around you, etc..

If you have…

15 seconds – Take a deep breath.  Close your eyes and inhale for a slow count of 5, and exhale for a slow count of 6.  Even better, go outside and do this!

45 seconds – Do a side bending stretch.  Reach (really reach!) your right arm overhead and then bend to the left.  And breathe.  Feel your right side getting longer and releasing tension.  Repeat with the left arm.

1 minute – Get your blood flowing.  Do some jumping jacks or push-ups.  Maybe some plank-jacks.

5 minutes – Lay on your back with your legs up the wall (bum against the wall) and focus on your breath.  Count each inhale and exhale – don’t rush them, though.  Enjoy them.

10 minutes – Do the Pilates Basic 10.  You will feel energized, stretched out a bit, more relaxed, and ready to tackle your next project.

15 minutes – Go for a short walk.  Just get outside and walk fast enough to get yourself out of your head a little bit.

30 minutes – Get a workout in!  30 minutes is plenty of time to get your heart rate up and release some stress.  Do some barre or Pilates.  Go for a fast walk or jog.  JUST MOVE!

 

A little time out now and then will help you enjoy the holidays more and be thankful for that amazing body you live in!

Happy Thanksgiving!