Today I want to talk about a subject that actually was discussed by a previous guest on the Breakfast Leadership Show. We’re talking about relaxation. If you’ve read my book 369 days how to survive a year of worst case scenarios you’ll remember that before my cardiac event (spoiler alert if you haven’t read the book) that I discuss visiting the library, you’ll recall that I had forgotten how to relax and that is scary for all of us. I’m seeing a lot of people have forgotten how to relax, with their constant connectivity to emails, smartphones, Netflix, Disney plus you name it.
There is no shortage of things that can eat up our attention and we say that we’re relaxing when we’re watching TV, but many times we see that people are on their phones watching a television show, as well as on their computers during something else. We’re trying to do three or four things instead of staring at a wall or looking out the window. If we go for a walk in nature, our smartphones are either in our hands, or in our pocket. Maybe we should leave the phone at home. I know that’s scary walking outside without your smartphone The horror!
We have forgotten how to relax.
We’ve forgotten how to just take downtime and not do anything. A lot of people say well if I do that then I’m losing opportunity to work on things they need to work on. But relaxation allows your body to get to a resting state. And when your body’s in a resting state then clarity will actually show up. If you have clarity, peace and relaxation in your life then there’s a good chance that your mind will be clear enough to start thinking about things that would be beneficial to you. If you’re in a business maybe some new ideas will happen, or maybe a breakthrough something that you’ve been struggling with for a period of time maybe new perspective on a situation that hasn’t “gone your way.”
One of the things I hammer home when I talk with people is they should seek to understand seek to understand the point of view of another person or situations you’re dealing with. Seek to understand yourself. I find so many people have no idea who they are. They don’t know what they stand for or they don’t know what their goals are. They don’t know what their mission in life is. They don’t know what brings them fulfillment and peace, because having fulfillment and inner peace you know you end up with freedom. We’re all chasing freedom.
As Kain Ramsay likes to say, Freedom is within your grasp. We have to choose it. It’s your choice. Are you going to relax or are you going to continue to grind, not take time off to just be?
I’m taking vacation days towards the end of this month. I’ve been on a social media sabbatical for several weeks, and I don’t miss it. It’s been enlightening to say the least and I will definitely have an post talking about that as well sometime in January.
So my tip for you over the next few weeks is strive to relax find some downtime and actually. Don’t do anything.
Sit in the easy chair go for a walk. Just listen to nature listen to cars drive by I don’t care what you do, but please do whatever you can do to relax.