June 2004 – Vol. I, Issue 1
Feature Article: Creating Space in Your Day
The pace of life seems to have increased tenfold in the past few years. With technology ever present in our lives, keeping us tethered to our to-dos, it seems like our days can be harried and frenzied. Remember, however, that the pace of life is a choice. The events of your day don’t need to control you.
The Price of Stress
Slowing down the pace of life is essential to well-being. Stress has a direct correlation to physical ailments such as high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, muscle aches and pains and general fatigue. Stress can even increase the size of your waistline! At the end of a stressful day, how do your shoulders feel? If not released, the tension will build throughout the day until you feel like a tightly wound spring. No wonder we feel like we need to “unwind” at the end of the day.
Instead of winding up during the day and then unwinding at night, create space throughout the day and you’ll be looser and more relaxed.
Take Frequent “Space Breaks” to Relieve Stress
The key to creating space is consistency and frequency. Take several “space breaks” throughout your day for the greatest impact. They don’t have to be lengthy–even 30 seconds can have a positive impact.
Here are several ideas for creating space:
Any mental or physical break from whatever you’re doing will do. If you take several “space breaks” throughout the day, you’ll be more effective when you get back to what you were doing. Plus, you’ll be relaxed at the end of the day and able to focus on what’s important to you rather than trying to recuperate from the stress and tension of your day.