Guest Author - Lisa Shea
It can seem like we're busy 24 hours a day. By scheduling relaxation time into your schedule, you can prevent headaches - which will make your time even more effective!
Sometimes we push ourselves to go-go-go, thinking that is the best way to get our long chore list done. However, what we don't realize is that an objective observer would see that we lose effectiveness very quickly. It takes us two hours to do something that should have only taken one hour. We are burning our own time by pushing at such a hard pace. And not only that, but we are causing headaches which then reduce our effectiveness even more.
The solution, as counter-intuitive as it might seem, is to schedule breaks into the day. They don't have to be long. After an hour of computer work, make sure you stand up and stretch for at least a minute or two. Twist your shoulders, turn your neck. Take in long, deep breaths.
If you are in a situation which is inherently stressful, like a doctor's office, then counter-balance that. Make sure that the half hour afterwards is set for a lovely walk in the park. You'll get exercise, which is good for you, plus you'll release some of that stress.
If your afternoon is blocked with a known-stressor situation, like a meeting with an angry customer, then plan for that. Have a quiet lunch beforehand, with healthy food you enjoy. After the meeting is done, reward yourself with a delicious snack and a trip to the local pet store to play with the kittens.
Even if you can't leave your desk, there are always ways to take a relaxation break. Close your eyes and visualize your favorite spot. It could be a mossy glen by a pond, or a relaxing beach with rolling ocean waves. Whatever it is, bring it into focus and breathe in its scents. The more you practice doing this, the more effective it becomes.
If you can, add in sounds. Build a playlist of your favorite relaxing songs and play them - through headphones if necessary. Get a scent that relaxes you and dab it on your wrists.
By building these breaks into your day, you can help reduce the stress that builds up - and prevent the headaches from beginning!