Is your life a manic rush from the moment you get up in the morning until you go to sleep at night? Does working, looking after the children, shopping, cleaning the house or the car, dealing with bills, spending time with family and friends (if you’re lucky and well organised), wear you down? Even knowing that you’ve chosen that life and you really do want it, don’t you sometimes feel you want the world to stop, so you can get off?
Wouldn’t it be nice for life to be less hectic – calm and relaxed the way it is on holiday?
Personally, I wouldn't like to be on holiday all the time – I’m sure I’d get bored and want a bit of excitement. But, neither do I like the manic rushing about that life sometimes imposes. Somewhere in the middle would be good.
One of the dangers of letting life become a bit of a treadmill when it’s all rush, rush, rush, is that you can lose your perspective and a healthy balance in your life. It’s very easy, when you’re in that "rush, rush" mindset, to make poor decisions, to be short-sighted and to get things out of proportion.
And physically, your body becomes tuned into that frantic mindset and that’s when you begin to feel tense and your breathing gets faster and shallower. It’s not always easy to find time and energy to eat well and exercise and of course, RELAX. But can you afford not to?
Too tense for too long can affect your health, and it can compromise your immune system, leading to colds and niggling health conditions.
I recommend you STOP, just for five minutes, a few times a day.
Give yourself a mini-break at least 3 times a day and you'll find you've got time and space
to think, to recover your energy, and to let go of the rush, rush, rush mentality. It’s one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself.
Stopping and doing nothing allows you to reconnect to yourself, it gives you perspective and it gives your heart, lungs and nervous system a rest. Just stop doing and stop
thinking and spend only a little time just BEING.
If you’re constantly thinking of the next thing to be done, you lose your connection with what’s happening NOW in your life. And NOW is the only moment you have to live (I know
that’s so self-evident, patronising and twee, but it’s also true and actually very difficult to do).
I’d definitely recommend that you:
stop the world and get off – if only just for a few minutes, a few times every day.
And if you're find that you just can't stop and relax, even for a few minutes, then I'd suggest you get some help. Perhaps a facial, a massage, or a relaxing Reflexology or Indian Head Massage treatment.