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It’s so easy to get all caught up in our work or ‘stuff’ we forget how important it is to take some time out for ourselves.  Being continuously ‘on’ leads to stress, fatigue and negative mood, draining our focus, physical and emotional resources.  The ability of our brain to stay disciplined wanes with each exercise of self-control during the day and it must be topped-up or it becomes harder to stay attentive and solve problems.

We don’t need to take hours out each day, even a few minutes to ourselves can have massive benefits.  If you’re overworking your mind or your body and don’t take some time to rest, your focus, productivity and the quality of your decisions are compromised.

So take some time out to expand your horizons and learn a new skill, do something you love to make you happier, or take some rejuvenating relaxation time.

When you get back to focusing your work, you’ll be more productive, energised and focused.  It also gives you a chance to approach problems with a new perspective and increases creativity.

Ideas for time-out activities:

  • Stretch or do some yoga
  • Go for a walk
  • Read
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Get a massage, facial or other pamper session
  • Have a bubble bath
  • Watch a movie
  • Learn something new
  • Listen to music
  • Cook