More than ever in my life, I find it essential to take breaks throughout my work day and relax. Even a 5-minute break can make a big difference. For instance I just got back to my computer now after connecting to the natural world by walking outside and gazing at a flower. A simple action that keeps me in balance.
I shot this photo while relaxing on a week-long boating trip in the Sea of Cortez this spring. I included it here because gazing at the color of the ocean and sky bring me into a restful peace.
This excerpt from a New York Times article articulates to the importance of renewal:
“Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.” Article by Tony Schwartz
I’ll end with my 3 R’s (Renew, Rest, Relax) Tip: Pay attention to how you feel in your body today. Stop when you notice any discomfort. Let your intuition guide you to a space of rest. Relax and do less, you’ll be better for it.