T.J. Maxx, a department store chain in the U.S., is a treasure trove of fun, unexpected finds as evidenced above. (I think I was looking for clothes hampers on this particular trip, which, by the way, also came home with me and look fabulous in my closet!)
I keep these magnets on my office desk as statements of support and inspiration. I especially love the period after each word, which, to me, emphasizes that they are more than mere suggestions. My sense is that they are meant to be as commanding as a divine decree…
Thou shalt Pause!
Thou shalt Dream!
Thou shalt Enjoy!
Thou shalt Chill!
Thou shalt Relax!
Thou shalt Unwind!
Creating, publishing, and marketing books takes a lot of time, effort, and energy, and I can definitely spend the entire day in my office writing, managing emails, meeting deadlines, etc., without coming up for air. As a new blog and “the rest of my life” factor into my days as well, there’s lots to do while I’m in book mode.
The shalts needs to be taken seriously, with no wiggle room for those of us who may think that we’re too busy or that we’ll find a way to unwind later. It is exactly when we start to feel ourselves becoming drained that we need to do something about it.
Five minutes can be a game changer to reset and refresh your energy. You’ll get the biggest bang for your mini-breaks by keeping them simple and personal. Discover what is meaningful for you and make it a new part of your everyday life.
A few ideas…
*Wherever you may be, close your eyes and take a deep, slow breath in through your nose and out through your mouth several times.
*Go for a short walk.
*Bask in the sunshine, or listen to the rain, or feel the breeze for a few minutes.
*Play some relaxing music.
In whatever form it takes for you to pause or dream or enjoy or chill or relax or unwind, DO IT!