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Taking a Break: How & Why You Should

Click, shh, relax.

Those are the last words I heard before I hit the ground. The last words I heard before my life became a devastating torture zone.  The words that made me nauseous for a long time.  But, also the words that taught me one of the most important lessons of my life.  To take break.  If you’ve read my story that I recently had the courage to finally post, you know that my life was paused for over two years.  So, when I talk about a break.. clearly two years is long… that is not what I am talking about.  But, those two years are what taught me the incredibly precious lesson of relaxing.   So, take it from someone who learned the hard way: up until my life was taken by chronic migraines and fogginess, I was go go go, I didn’t know what it was like to stop.  In my mind there was always something to be doing, always something I could be doing to better myself and push my life forward.  But being forced to stop every thing taught me it was OK.  It was more than OK, it rebooted my entire life.  I am typical type A, just like I know many of you are as well, so I want YOU to continue to read this post… I promise it will benefit you.

I didn’t know what it was like to take a break, ‘why waste time?’ was essentially my motto, until I was forced to.  && as awful as it was, I feel gratitude each day for what it has taught me.  Now, I make it a part of my weekly ritual to incorporate me time even on my most busiest days.

 

What is me time?

This is the name I have given to simply taking time off in a way that recharges and re energizes me individually.  It is short bursts of time where I focus on myself and nothing, or nobody, else.  No, it is not selfish.  This is one of the many things I focus on in my 21 Day Power Up.  Everyone deserves time for themselves– HECK, it is YOUR life, you take all the time in the world you want to make yourself happy.

 

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Why should YOU have me time?

  • Recharge: Your body is a machine.  So is a car.  If a car goes, goes, and goes without stopping, it will eventually burn out and need some serious assistance.  Whereas, if you were to constantly stop and fuel it, you’d be good to go! Same with your body.  To be in it for the long haul, you need to stop and fuel.
  • Absorb: Everything you’ve accomplished and been through has so much less meaning when you zoom by it to the next thing.  Stop and take in the journey and be proud of what you have conquered along the way.
  • Evaluate and Realign: Life is one big journey.  One that YOU create and have the power to alter in any direction you choose. By taking breaks to absorb ^ and appreciate where you are, you can also realign your thoughts and actions in a direction that works best.  What works? What doesn’t work? What makes you happy? What is hampering your life?  These are the things that when you evaluate will help you gear your life in the best direction for you.  I help you work through this here.img_4406-1
  • Self Love: You know what’s f$ck!ng awesome? The fact that YOU are the best person out there at being YOU.  You have so much to celebrate about yourself, you DESERVE to take time to yourself.  You get ONE life to live, and that is YOUR life– nobody and nothing can change that. Show yourself some love, make yourself happy, and take the power to construct your life the way you want to.

How do I do this me time?  Your me time is YOUR me time.  I don’t want to tell you exactly what todo because everyone is different but I can give you guidelines.

  •  Make it doable.  This is especially for my fellow type-A friends.  I have found it easiest to incorporate me time when it doesn’t stress me out.  Short is PERFECTLY fine.  Sometimes I just spend 10-15 minutes sitting by my pool thinking about how far I’ve come and my gratitude. For some people your ideal me time may be a full day of pampering yourself every few weeks. That is fine as well.  Find what works for you– YOU MAKE YOU.
  • Do it for yourself. It is in the title.  Me time is ME time.  One thing I touch on in my 21 Day Power Up is overcoming the desire to satisfy others and surpass the concerns of expectations.   I also touch briefly on fear in this post.   You need to focus on yourself and what is most revitalizing to YOU.
  • It ranges: Some people may take a break by meditating, some may take it by cooking.  It ranges.  Find what puts your mind at ease, and do it.  Just make sure it a is break.  Don’t go telling me you take a break by working out if you’re training for something– training is not a break then.  Conversely, if you workout for pure enjoyment, yes– that is a break.
  • Reflect: One thing I always include in my me time  is a few minutes of reflecting in order to absorb, realign, and celebrate my accomplishments like mentioned above.

 

Moral of the story– don’t let your mind and body burn out.  TAKE BREAKS.  When I have trouble stepping away from the mainstream of life, I like to listen to this song:

 

I want to know:

What is your favorite chill song?

Do you like taking short breaks or long breaks?

ALWAYS REMEMBER, YOU MAKE YOU

xoxo, Colby

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