Sometimes you have one of those weeks when your brain hurts.
You know… those days or weeks where you feel like too many things went wrong and if you could just somehow give your brain the space to “think” or “rest” you might have the mental capacity to keep going.
According to a study done by Diana Rodriquez and medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPD, the stress that we have in our life can easily add up. We need to take those mental breaks, or ‘mental vacations’ as Diana writes, to relax our bodies and reduce the stress in our life.
This week we have another Coaching Right Now employee, Ashley Clark, with us sharing what she does to take a break mentally.
What is that thing that you love to do? I love to go out and run.
Why do you love to do that? I really appreciate the space running gives me from the busyness of every day. I feel like there are curve balls each day and change is a constant. Being able to clear my head and remove myself from the frustration that I so often feel is needed to give me the push I need to keep going. Many times, running also gives me the energy I need to come back at a difficult situation with fresh eyes.
In the midst of a busy schedule, how do you find time to do it? I schedule it in. I block time on my calendar. I am also a mom of two, so when I go on my runs I put the kids in our double stroller and take them along!
What is one tip you’d make to someone who wanted to create a little more space to do something they enjoy? First, I’d recommend scheduling it in. I am not able to run if I don’t have my time planned out each week. Second, see who else you can bring in with you. My kids love to go on runs with me. And, it makes that time even more meaningful because I can do it with my kids.
This week we’d encourage you to find something to do to take a mental break, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. The refreshed perspective will be worth it!