We live in a fast paced world. Technology is advancing faster than ever before. Nowadays, people are more connected to their family, friends, and work. What was once a 9-5 workday has now expanded and people find themselves working throughout their waking hours because of cell phones and laptops. For many people workload has increased and vacation and relaxation time has decreased. I read recently that more than half of Americans check their work emails or messages while on vacation.
While this might seem like it’s a part of the evolution of how we work there are terrible consequences to always being “on”. Our minds and bodies need a break. I recently had a friend who did a fast travel vacation in Europe and went to six cities in twelve days, came back from the airport, drove six hours to a festival, and played golf when he arrived. Even though all he was doing was recreating, his body reacted with a major fever after golf was done. Our bodies and minds have a limit to how far they can be pushed. Below I’ll give you some ways that you can rest your mind and body throughout the week.
- Take a walk during lunch – I started doing this recently, and while the twenty minute walk doesn’t fully recharge me, it does help. A little walk will help clear your mind and allow you to return to work invigorated. The fresh air might even help you think of a different approach for that project you are working on.
- Unplugging during the weekend – Our workdays are always full. You would think catching up on work over the weekend is a good thing to do. However, I am a firm believer in taking your weekends off. Your mind and body need a break. Taking full advantage of your weekends will help prepare you for the week and possibly increase your effectiveness.
- Taking your vacation time – Americans get less vacation time then many other developed countries. On top of that many don’t take all their vacation time at all. A vacation helps recharge you in many ways. Even if you don’t have enough money to go somewhere, you should still time time away from work. It is important to leave all the stress of daily life behind from time to time.
- Make time for exercise – It might seem that exercise is the opposite of taking a break, but it’s not. While your body is working your mind is free. Exercise helps clear out your mind faster than any of the other ways I’ve listed above.
I hope whoever is reading this makes sure to take time to recharge. I have spent the past two years working and going to school and I wrote this post almost as a reminder to myself to take a break. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and we forget how important it is to take a break.
Leave a comment below to share ways you’ve learned to recharge your body and mind.