Take A Break – Inez Knows
By Inez Lanns
In this fast-paced life we live, we are being taken over by the “microwave generation”. Slowing down and taking breaks is not often taught. As a matter of fact, resting can be frowned upon in our society. We teach those around us, and even our children, to go, go, go, to push, push and push. Keep it moving. Always produce. We teach them that they always have to be doing something. It is not surprising that many children today have a difficult time sitting still and desire to be entertained 24/7. Have you noticed that this present day society is always on their phone or using some type of device? The young people may be playing Call of Duty or NBA 2K14, but the adults are playing Candy Crush all day & night also. I must admit, we adults are just as bad – we work from our phones, tablets and laptops and can be found on the Internet or on social media just as much as they are on their games. We are always on “go”. Yet, we see more people dealing with acute stress and anxiety today than in the past.
In life we need to take breaks. A break is definined by some as an interruption of continuity or a brief rest. Some areas of society as set up to accommodate this time of lesuire or rest. Full time employees are required to take two 10/15 minute breaks and sometimes a one hour lunch break. Intermissions are scheduled during theatre productions and performances. Schools are out during the weekend (for the most part). In between seasons, breaks are scheduled (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall breaks). Even the bible says that God rested on the 7th day. Whenever there is a completion of something big (i.e. promotion to another grade/level or completion of a project) there is usually a period of rest or celebration.
There are reasons we should stop and rest for a moment. To continue to work, press, keep moving, etc. without a break is unhealthy. Doing so will eventually lead to an overload, increased stress or even becoming burnt out. Getting to that point will stop us from producing well. Our bodies were designed in a way where we must get rest in order for us to function well and reach our maximum potential.
Getting rest is vital. No matter what you may be doing – whether it’s school, work, business or something else that you are pursuing, make sure you take breaks! You’ll live longer and be stronger. Take a moment even now and breathe. Inhaile, exhaile deeply and rest your body and mind, briefly. If you are like me and have a very full schedule, schedule in some down time. Your body needs it. Your mind also needs it. It’ll be unfamiliar and uncomfortable at first, but you can begin to train yourself to rest and relax. Teach those around you and your children how to slow down “and smell the flowers” as they say, as you learn to do the same. This will only lead to functioning better as a refreshed person, which will result in your being a healthy, happier person and enable you to do a better job at whatever it is that you do.
Inez Lanns was born and raised in Ventura County. She currently has a blog on her web site: www.inezknows.com.