It seems counterintuitive.
We have a to-do list a mile long, and yet we feel the need for rest.
But if we rest, we won’t apply ourselves to the to-do list.
How do you know if we should rest or not?
1. Listen to your body. It gives signals to share when you are over-tired. Are you yawning a lot? Feeling clumsy? Mentally scattered?
2. Consider your emotions. Are you irritable or short-tempered today? Are you being snippy with people?
3. Take a 5-minute break. You may not be able to take a nap at your job, but there are lots of ways to take a five-minute break. Consider these ideas, many of which came from one of my “Question of the Day” discussions on my personal Facebook profile:
- Step outside, preferably in sunshine, and take several slow deep breaths (and then probably check my Facebook.)
- Close my eyes and just breathe.
- Sit still and stare into outer space.
- Meditate on the Bible or other inspirational material.
- Breathe, making a conscientious effort to exhale a little more deeply.
- Play ping-pong with a co-worker.
- Play a mindless game on my phone/tablet.
- Find a quiet place to sit, close eyes, and slow down breathing, clearing my mind.
- Do part of a crossword puzzle.
- Take a quick bike ride.
- Sit and watch birds at a feeder.
- Turn lights off in the office, close door and put head on desk (hoping not to fall asleep!)
- Read part of a book I’m working through.
- Do yoga or other forms of stretching.
- Turn music up loud and dance/sing.
- Walk outside.
- Go find a beautiful view nearby.
- Walk up and down a flight of stairs.
- Stand on tiptoes.
- Go out onto deck/patio/lanai.
- Lay on floor and stretch, then wrestle with my dog that pounces on me.
- Play with my kitten.
- Walk 250 steps per hour (reminded by FitBit)
- Get coffee.
- Call a loved one to say “hi.”
- Text or call a friend that I haven’t connected with for a while.
- Write a thank-you note.
- Make a fun flipbook drawing using a little post-it note pad.
- Listen to a podcast.
- Take the dog outside.
- Refill water bottle.
- Take a look at social media.
- Play an instrument.
- Have a healthy snack.
- Wash a few dishes or do some cleaning.
- Fold laundry.
- Use the restroom and take time to breathe while there.
- Read an article/post by a favorite author or blogger.
- Read to or play with a kid.
- Do some food prep.
- Tidy up my desk area.
- Look through some inspiring photos.
- Do some form of strength training.
- Post something uplifting to social media.
- Do an act of kindness (i.e. give a tip to a service provider such as a security guard, public works/sanitation worker, etc.)
- Focus eyes on a distant scene to give them a break.What would you add to this list?