7 Tips to Taking a Short Break

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The human mind and body can’t keep going without breaks.  Whether it be a quiet weekend at home or a few days away from our stresses, we require these periods of time to regain strength.  At least, we do if we don’t spend most of our days lounging around and never worrying about things.  For those of us who aren’t rich, living in a virtual reality, or squatting in an abandoned mansion, breaks are our escape.  What are some things to consider for these?

  1. For the love of Princess Zelda, don’t bring all of your stressors with you.  This negates the positive effects of your break.  Ignore the office since they already know you’re on break.  Friends and family can wait for text responses as long as it isn’t a genuine emergency.  Just enjoy the peace or as close to it as you can get.
  2. Try your best not to let the stressors of breaks get to you.  These are short because you have limited time, which means you aren’t going to recover entirely.  If you spend most of this period being annoyed and stressed then you return home more exhausted than ever.  Sleeping in and missing an event you wanted to see is rough, but it means you needed the rest.  Have a few backups or settle for exploring the area in search of a surprise.  GPS have you frustrated?  Have a back up map.  There are many precautions that can be taken for the usual problems.
  3. You don’t have to go away in order to have a break.  Turn off the phone.  Avoid social media.  Save a show or movie you want to see for the day.  The key is to let your body and mind have a break from the pressure.  Keep in mind that we’re not talking about a few hours of a break too.  Don’t watch a movie and then think you’re fine to dive back into the blender we call reality.
  4. If something you’re doing on your break can be cut short and give you more time to rest then do it . . . Well, enjoy the week.
  5. Get
  6. Some
  7. Rest

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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11 Responses to 7 Tips to Taking a Short Break

  1. This is wise. Some of us need to force ourselves to do this, but it’s always beneficial.


  2. Excellent advice which I hope you are following, Charles.


  3. L. Marie says:

    Great advice–especially tip number 3. Though taking a break is difficult, it is needed.


  4. V.M.Sang says:

    Wise words, Charles. Too many of us don’t understand that we need to switch off completely every so often.


  5. I’m always conflicted about whether to use my break time for tackling a nagging project. Which doesn’t sound relaxing, but having it off my to-do list actually does take some pressure off.


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