This time of year can be completely cluttered and overwhelmed with series of never-ending to-do lists. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good to-do list; I’m a big fan of nicely organized lists for every occasion, but they can become beyond daunting when for every item you check off two more pop up in its place. Today I was reflecting on the importance and honestly, for me personally, vitalness, of taking mini timeouts during my day. I wanted to share these, as they’re so helpful for me, so maybe they can help some of you, too 🙂
These timeouts don’t have to be anything big or time-consuming. Many can be completed in the small gaps of time during the day you may normally fill with swiping through your phone or stressing about whatever’s coming next. The purpose of these isn’t to set them up in any structured manner, but to simply take them as needed in order to promote awareness and reassurance that you are in control. We often get so caught up in what’s next that we forget about what’s right now, the present moment, and the value of each moment as we’re experiencing it.
Some of my favorite timeouts are simple breathing exercises, breathing in and out slowly, and if you feel comfortable, with your eyes closed, and really focusing on the effect that conscious breathing can have on calming your entire body. It’s a beautiful and rewarding sensation to identify the tense parts of your body, and then in turn willing them to relax and stretch. There are many amazing breathing exercises and tips online that you can find if you feel most comfortable with a step-by-step guide.
Another great option is popping in headphones or sneaking to a secluded spot to blast a power jam. Whatever gets you up on your feet and grooving, humming, singing, shaking, or at least tapping your foot. This is prime timeout territory for me, and it’s always so fun!
Another way to calm your nerves is a quick read of your favorite blog, watching a little video that makes you laugh, or skimming a section of a beloved book that brings you comfort, whatever takes you to a place of serenity and positivity! An awesome companion for your chill out takes the form of a steaming cup of coffee or tea, or if you can grab one ahead of time, a tasty snack that puts a smile on your face. Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself to something sweet 🙂
A productive and peaceful timeout for many can also be slipping in front of a mirror to splash some water on your face, take a deep breath, look yourself in the eye and say “you’ve got this!” . . . or whatever motivation saying brings you reassurance and confidence!
Finally, you also have the opportunity to bring others joy with your timeouts, beyond being a happier and more refreshed version of yourself. Shoot your BFF, significant other, loved one, whomever you think of first really, a little pep talk in the form of a text, or just let them know your thinking about them randomly with an uplifting message. It will put a smile on their face at the very least, and may be just what they need to keep taking on the day with a positive attitude. It’s also likely their response will make you feel equally loved and comforted, a nice bonus.
These are just a few ideas of what you can do to take time out for a timeout during your day, and I hope you’ve found them helpful or even inspiring for the days ahead. Let me know in the comments if there are any timeouts you love in particular so we can all learn some new tricks for easing stress and worries.
With love and positivity,