Breathing Again

Breathe.

If you feel overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.

If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe. It will bring you back to the present.

If you are moving too fast, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more.

Breathe, and enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste.

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These are the words off Zenhabits. They came to me importantly this week as it has been a week of feeling completely overwhelmed. There is so much going on. I have been in Sweden, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Turkey & South Africa this week. Sure, some stops were only 3 hours or so, but it was a week of travelling, learning, sharing and growing with companies I really respect and people I can now call friends.

After I read the above, and Zenhabits is great for little bits of wisdom, I read this one:

In our lives immersed in technology, we rarely shut everything off.

We turn on when we wake up, and are on our devices until we go to sleep. And every hour in between.

I’m not immune to this. Very few people these days are.

And yet, there’s value in shutting everything down, so that we can reconnect with life. With people. With the moment. With ourselves.

There’s a time to work hard, and there should be a time to shut down. Otherwise, it all blends together and nothing has any space.

What time will you shut down today?

I have a rule in general, at home. I live by it, but I break it from time to time too. 6pm is shut down time. It’s the only way for me to get out the door, do some mild exercise (afternoon intense exercise leaves me without the deep sleep I crave as the body is too excited to rest), prepare to eat and spend time with my loved ones, either in person or on the phone.

In the last week, I have not shut down before midnight on any given night. Sure I have run in the afternoons, in amazing places, but I have gone back and worked every night. It’s the major contributing factor for my tiredness right now. So, travel and rest didn’t work this time, but its time to breathe again and tonight, this is my last task – writing this blog post.

I am also investing in one of these for my future travels: Sleep Tracker

It’ll allow me to monitor my rest and make sure I am not overdoing it. Breakdown is not a great place to get to, and I can clearly see the approach right in front of me right now. Overloaded on caffeine, working towards the end goal of list completion every day so that I can rest for minimal periods of time and try do it all over again tomorrow.

Less than ideal.

Time to breathe again. Time to be not only aware of what’s going on, but have the swingers to say it’s enough and it’s not good for my health.

Thank you for listening.

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