When it is time to take a break

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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?When it is time to take a break

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!

Author Bio: Avil Beckford, an expert interviewer, entrepreneur and published author is passionate about books and professional development, and that’s why she founded The Invisible Mentor and the Virtual Literary World Tour to give you your ideal mentors virtually in the palm of your hands by offering book reviews and book summaries, biographies of wise people and interviews of successful people.


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  1. Letting go of some things, is a good way to start to wind down. I am in the process of winding down my e-commerce store, and putting the focus on my studio time. When I paint I forget everything, time passes gently and gives me great pleasure. I feel that I have accomplished something worthwhile in my time there, and the stress of business is lifted off my shoulders. I look forward to spending more time in the studio while I still can. I look forward to working on my genealogy projects which can never be finished in my lifetime; but, it gives me pleasure to pursue the history of our family and pass it on to my children. My husband and I were married in the Grenadines in 2005, and will return there to visit our new family connections, and a new genealogical trail to follow…next year on our anniversary. Perhaps by that date I can really say that I am retired from business, and life will continue to be full, at a slower pace. However the place where I really disconnect is when we are at sea fishing; we catch, tag and release species to aid in the preservation and knowledge of the denizens of the deep seas. Living aboard a boat for several days, hearing the slap of the water against the hull, is so calming it lulls me to sleep and I waken refreshed every day. Can`t wait to visit New Zealand again next year.

  2. That’s an important point about letting go Joanne. I never thought about it, but it makes sense. I haven’t been to the beach yet, but will try to get there, even if it’s only to get some fresh fish. Avil


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