When it is time to take a break
How can you tell when it is time to take a break?
I am in Jamaica right now, and I am not feeling stressed – at all. The environment is very different from Toronto where I reside. Since I arrived, my body has telling me that it needed a break, so I slowed down the frenetic pace and allowed my body to heal. There has been a lot of talk recently about disconnecting completely from the internet or from your mobile for a period of time, but is that really necessary? What is the root cause of wanting to disconnect? Is your lifestyle really the problem, and not the internet? Can small changes in your habits and behaviours slow down the pace of life for you? What are your triggers for notifying you when it is time to take a break – time to tune out for a bit?
I arrived in Jamaica, and for me it is summer all again, beautiful weather. When I got to the house, the front yard looked neat and tidy. The following morning when I walked to the side and back of the house, I felt as if I was stepping into the rainforest – the gardener had focused solely on the front of the yard for the two days she was contracted to work, and neglected everything else. In this example, this was not a good thing for us, because her focus was misaligned with the needs of her client. But in life, we have to decide where to focus our energies, which will change at different stage of our lives. If we are attuned to who we really are, we will know when it is time to take a break.
I started to read a book, but I have been distracted, and to be honest, I cannot focus on the story. The book is not boring, but for a few days, my attention has to be placed elsewhere. I love reading because it gives me such pleasure – usually. But for a few days, the world will not come to an end if I do not read a book. It’s all about perspective and moderation. Returning to Jamaica has been good for me, even stepping into the “rainforest.” Perhaps the gardener perform the duties she was contracted to do, but stepping into the rainforest has had a calming effect on me.
Have you ever disconnected – taken a break? What was it like? After you reconnected, what changed or didn’t change? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Liked this post? Share it and subscribe to my RSS feed and get loads more!
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