If you’re like me, you work hard (and maybe too much).

I’m totally guilty of being a workaholic sometimes, but I get so excited about the work I’m doing that it’s hard to stop.

It’s equally important to play hard and to rest. 

In this day and age, there is so much emphasis on results that we push ourselves harder and harder, to the point of illness and exhaustion.

Today, my family is taking off on a much-needed vacation.  I’m planning to take naps, enjoy the scenery, see movies, dig my toes in the sand, and do a bunch of not-much.

I know that I’m going to be much more effective as a coach after a week of resting my body and my brain.

When was the last time you did something to give your mind and body a break? 

You don’t have to go away to experience the pause that refreshes.  It’s important that we all build in some time every week and maybe every day to give ourselves a little break.

I encourage you to take this seriously, because it really does make a difference.

  • Go see a movie.
  • Take a nap.
  • Sit on your porch and watch the traffic go by.

Once you see how wonderful it feels to slow down, I bet you’ll do it again.

  1. You know I’m a big believer in personal retreats throughout the year, so your blog post is right up my alley! All sorts of research shows that taking breaks improves creativity and efficiency. Have a great vacay, Sandy.
    Sue Painter

  2. Hey, good for you Sandy. That’s what I use Sundays for…While I agree you don’t have to go away, it is less tempting to work if you actually get away from the computer and go to a place where the mindset is about relaxation.

    Enjoy your trip!

  3. This really resonates with me, and I’m pleased to report that this weekend, I took time to read a novel, spent time with my husband, and went out and bought a glider to put outside my office so that I can sit outside and look at the mountains and my horses grazing in the field. Sometimes you just HAVE to shut things off!

  4. I am SO ready for my vacation, which you know is right behind yours! I can’t wait to let my poor brain rest and just enjoy doing nothing for a week.

    I hope yours is refreshing and restful!

    See ya in a couple!!

  5. Thank you Sandy … and may your time be beautiful and find you reading this after much rest and relaxation.

    A colleague read a post from me on FaceBook and this was part of her reply:
    “Every time business was slow I would think “this is it, I am out of business, I must have done something wrong, did I make a mistake somewhere,” and I would worry so much. When business picked up, I would be reassured that this slowdown was not my fault and I would be so angry with myself and thinking “why didn’t I take advantage of that time to do the things I don’t have time to do when I am busy? In a way it is good to have down times, it gives a chance to regroup, rethink, revitalize, reinforce, renew…. Down times are part of the plan to improve one’s business.”

    I needed to hear this! Colleagues are good. Thanks for being one.

  6. Sandy,
    I think it is wonderful that you are taking some time away. The hard thing these days is to stay away from electronics in order to really relax and unwind. Hope you and your family enjoy some peaceful, relaxing time together.

    • Thanks Lisa. I’m working hard on putting a team in place and get my systems together so that I can be away from the business for a few days at a time. I know myself well enough to know that I HAVE to have regular downtime to keep my creativity flowing.


  7. Yes! Slowing down is so important!

    Thank you for writing this.

    At the end of your life, are you going to say, “I wish I had twittered more” or “I wish I had written one more blog post” or are you going to say, “I wish I had hugged my family more” or “I wish I told my boss off and hitchiked to peru?”


  8. Right with you on this. As you know, I, too, am a big believer in retreats —- long ones, short ones and those mini-retreats that you can grab in the middle of the day!

    I just got back from a short visit with my dad, so wonderful to spend time with people you love. Have a great vacation!

  9. Thanks for this Sandy, I am taking a weekend off this weekend and unplugging. I know a little about getting run down, I just don’t know my own limits sometimes and sometimes I think I don’t have any!! Ha! My body quickly reminds me otherwise…thanks for this.

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