Why You Need to Take Time Out for Rest and Relaxation

Are you an Eva in waiting

Why You Need to Take Time Out for Rest and Relaxation

Eva was a business owner but felt in a rut. Boredom and fatigue were her constant companions and she couldn’t seem to shake it off. “Why do I feel so bored and tired all the time?” she wondered.

As much as she pondered, Eva couldn’t explain it. She was getting plenty of sleep, and things were going well with the business. Knowing that there must be a reason for this listlessness, Eva set out to solve her problem. She improved her diet, but it made no difference, and cut out caffeine but that just made her feel worse. She spent time searching the internet and tried every idea she came across to gain some energy.

But none of it worked and in desperation she made and appointment to see her doctor to discover the source of this ailment. The doctor took some blood and said she would send them away for testing. Eva was told to come back for the results in a few days.

Eva returned to the surgery a few days later, feeling a little nervous, this was made worse, when she was asked to see a specialist who went by the name of The Time Doctor.

The doctor came in. “So, you’re feeling a bit rundown?” he asked.

Eva nodded. “I’ve tried everything, but I just can’t get over it.”

“Have you tried a holiday?” asked The Time Doctor

“I’m sorry?” Eva said. “A holiday?”

“Yes, when was the last time you took a break? Even for a day. A break often helps to ease tension.”

Rest and Relaxation is just what The Time Doctor ordered!

Eva left The Time Doctor’s office feeling puzzled. She wasn’t tense, was she? But she didn’t know what else to do, so she told her business colleague that she was taking a short holiday. And Eva spent five days at the beach doing whatever she wanted. She read a great book, went swimming, and watched the sunset every evening.

Slowly but surely, Eva felt her tiredness melting away as she relaxed on the beach, and the good feeling didn’t go away when she got back home. When she returned to her business, Eva found that her vacation had left her energized and feeling great!

Reflections on Evas Story

Why is it that we must be ordered to take a break and relax? Unfortunately, in this day and age, taking time out for rest and relaxation is just not in the value system that we buy into! We should make rest and relaxation one of our top values.

We all need balance in our lives. Like Eva, when we work hard and constantly, we may be very productive and on top of our tasks. But if we don’t take time out for rest and relaxation, we can end up on the down side of the productivity curve pretty quickly.

Just like Eva, we probably won’t even recognize that we’re tense and up tight. Working hard and fast and consistently is common to all those around us. We never see our peerss taking time out for a holiday or relaxing at home for a day. But even if we don’t see it, the most content and productive of business owner are creating time for personal relaxation.

Holidays come in many forms. You could take an extended break and rest for several days at a time, letting normal routine melt away completely. But if longer time off isn’t a possibility for you on a regular basis, try the tactic that many employ: take one day a week, or a few hours of the day, for rejuvenating yourself. Read a good book, take a walk, or spend a leisurely afternoon with a loved one. Watch that movie you’ve been putting off, or plan an overnight trip.

Look at your life and think about your level of tension. Do you set aside time to relax regularly? Are you stressed without really noticing it? Give yourself a break and it will repay you many times over in increased contentment and greater productivity.

Self-reflection Questions:

  1. How long has it been since I took a vacation, even for a day or a weekend?
  2. What do I really enjoy doing for relaxation that I’ve been putting off because I don’t have the time?
  3. Are the tension and stress in my life so great that they’re affecting my mood? The way I treat others? My productivity?

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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

 

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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