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Self-Care - Take a Break!

If you've ever heard that you need to take care of yourself, and thought "but I don't know what to do!" or "who has time for that?" then this blog is for you! This image includes 50 ways to take a break. Taking a break is essential for your wellbeing.

Almost everyone is busy, and most people think they can 'push through' their exhaustion and overwhelm 'and then I'll take a break'. But, taking a break can actually make you more productive.

Have you ever had that experience of working on something when you really don't want to, and it just takes forever? Well, here's a little experiment to try. The next time you don't feel like doing a chore, like loading the dishwasher or running a load of laundry, time yourself doing it when you don't want to do it, and then time yourself another time when you don't mind it, or are feeling relaxed and productive. I bet you're going to notice a significant difference! I used to get stressed and irritated doing the dishes immediately after eating a meal. It seemed like it would take me 30 minutes to an hour to do the dishes and load the dishwasher. But, then I started doing it on the commercial breaks of watching a tv show (for Netflix binges, I've had to adjust and do it between episodes since there are no commercial breaks anymore). I found that I was able to load the top rack of the dishwasher in one commercial break and the bottom in another commercial break, totaling about 5 minutes. What a difference! Plus, it was so much more enjoyable. I really didn't (and still don't) mind loading the dishwasher anymore, because it's "just two minutes" now. There are some other factors that play a part here (making tasks manageable, changing mindsets, etc.) but I'll cover those in other blogs.

The same can be said for many tasks, or life in general - You might really find that taking a break can make you more productive. It will probably make you happier, at the very least. And, really, if you only become happy without becoming more productive, is that such a bad thing? Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear your comments, successes, and challenges!

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