Everyone needs a break sometimes. Some days we usually only need a quick, few minutes. Other times we need an entire day. Then occasionally, we seriously require a full week without any serious responsibilities or obligations.
What is your 5-minute, re-calibrating method?
When I am working, I try to take a quick 5-minute break at the start of each hour. Otherwise I can seriously lose track of time and end up working for several hours – which kills my back and drains my energy.
My Mac has an Announcement Feature that tells me the hourly time.
Comment below, so I can add yours to my list when I get bored of mine.
One BIG thing I miss from my college days, was the easy access to great huggers. Living on-campus, you often ran into friends all throughout the day without any effort! I quickly learned who the best huggers are, and sometimes REALLY needed one. I mean, a SERIOUS, 5-minute hug. The kind that is strong, secure and seems to validate your existence. [Yes… I attended a hippie-kinda school! lol]
Other times, I gave these hugs to my special peeps.
Some of my Essential Oils have aromatic qualities to help uplift, energize, relax or enlighten.
Find a garden, or discover what your calming scent is.
Sometimes, just walking into a Starbucks and getting that whiff is all I need.
Go to your car, shower, or other secluded place and SING your heart out!
I’ll just cycle through my Spotify and a certain song will hit all the right beats at that moment. In 5 minutes, you can really relish a song or two.
Bust a move to a power jam.
I am sometimes embarrassed to admit that I am a “Grey’s Anatomy” fan. [Which means that I have seen every single episode and am still currently watching as it airs.]
Anyway, one of my favorite relationships was between Christina and Meredith. Their sisterlike kinship felt pretty realistic, and when one (or both) were stressed – they would ‘dance it out’. A song was cranked up, and they would just flail, flap or swing their body however they needed to.
I love that…
Water or your favorite drink can do the trick. I enjoy my favorite drink (Arizona Green Tea, or alcohol…), S L O W LY and not chugging… and just sitting and vegging
– Play a game on your phone
– Play a word game with a sign (I like patterns, and will work on a sign to see which ‘letter’ is used most)
Go ‘off grid’ and turn off, or walk away from all communication devices
We tend to go about our day, walking/driving/taking the same path and routines. Take a walk on a different path (down a different street, different hallway, different staircase etc.)
Refill your water bottle
Take a Vacation
Set an alarm for 5 minutes, picture a destination, close your eyes, and go there in your mind.
When I ‘check out’, I breathe in the smell of the ocean, hear the waves coming in and the birds squawking for chips or fries. I can feel the sand crunching between my toes and the sun on my back.
We all have a favorite yoga stretch, or make up your own.
Floss your teeth. Set an alarm and take your time giving your pearly whites some extra TLC.
Delete unread/useless email.
Write and send a random postcard. Just cuz.
How often do you receive a hand-written note?
Test all the pens in a cup, drawer etc.
Throw away 5 things
Just make sure to set your alarm, so you don’t get too lost in your break.