One of the last things we think we have the time for when we’re stressed and time is running out is to take a break. Yet that is probably one of the best things to do at that point.
When the pressure is mounting, the temptation is to simply power on. The adrenaline keeps us going and gives us the impression that we are performing well, but when we operate at these high adrenaline levels over a long period of time, this can have a real impact on our health.
So how do we lower our stress levels regularly?
There are a number of techniques, and one of them is to take a break. It sounds simple enough, but when we’re running at 100 miles an hour, it seems near impossible to stop.
One of the most restorative things to do is to step outside and spend some time in nature. There are numerous studies that show the beneficial impact of nature, and the change of scenery can also give us a real energy and creativity boost.
Another way of taking a break is by calming the mind through meditation or mindfulness, and this need not be a difficult or time-consuming activity! Martin Boroson has developed a very simple and quick one moment meditation technique. Give it a try!
It is crucial to recognize when we are on our way to tipping over the edge of the stress curve and heading into a burn-out phase. So make sure to stop before that happens and reduce your stress levels again.
- Go through your diary and schedule when you will take breaks during the day, with reminders.
- Follow through and step away from your work at your scheduled times.
- You might need to experiment to see what works well for you, celebrate each success, and adjust as required for next time.
Give it a go, you might be surprised at how much of a difference it will make!