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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

5 Minute No-Brainer--Take a Break

Spend more time focused upon your dream than upon the reality. The reality gives birth to the dream—but the dream is where you want to put your attention. Abraham
Had Enough?
Sometimes I hit a moment in time when I've had enough. I'm tired of thinking. I'm tired of reaching out to others. I'm tired of preparing for the future. And I'm tired of being productive.
At those times I want to be irresponsible and self-centered--and I want a mind-reader to appear to offer me the perfect high-paying opportunity that fully utilizes my creative talents. That's when I know I need to take a break to revitalize my spirits.
Stop Working so Hard at Life
Let's face it--sometimes we just need to unclog the congestion in our brain. We need to stop working so hard at life, and let the present moment gently unfold without any prodding from us. Our brains need to be freed from reality so our minds can wander, and we can relocate our dreams, refresh our spirits and regain our vitality. But how do we do that in the midst of our busy days?
Minute Vacations
Remember the song 'Girls just want to have fun' or the saying, 'all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'? It's true. Our brains just want to have fun--and all work and no play makes for dull brains and dull boys and girls.

Be kind to your mind--give it 1-5 minute vacations at least once an hour. You'll do better at whatever you're working on and stay healthier by taking frequent minute vacations--with no purpose but to relax and perhaps enjoy a quick chuckle.

What You Need is a No-Brainer

When you're on overload and need to take a break you need to treat yourself to a no-brainer activity:
  • Take a 5 minute walk.
  • Sit quiet and do nothing for 5 minutes except consciously focus on slowly inhaling and exhaling.
  • Go into the No-Brainer Zone.
What's a No-Brainer Zone?  It's a place where you've compiled a collection of your favorite funny YouTube videos, email jokes or funny photos or music.

Yeah, I know you haven't set up one of those yet. But you know all those funnies sent to you on facebook or email that you've held on to, but haven't organized? Take the time to organize them under favorites or bookmarked into a No-Brainer folder. If you feel like sharing, send me some of your favorites. I like to laugh.

Enjoy One of my No-Brainers
To get you started, here's a couple of no brainers from my file. Kick back and listen to a bit of British humor, dog owner humor--or the answer to life from B.B. King.

Warning: You will not grow smarter by watching and listening to these clips-- but you may regain your sense of humor, smile and relax.

B.B. King 'Better Not Look Down'

Dog Owner Humor

British Humor

 'Stop living for reason,
Time to start living for rhyme.
I'm on a spree and I'm...
Gonna make sure it's a perfectly good waste of time!'


Grant said...

Hey Sue, great post and great idea.

When things get too serious, I like to say to myself 'take yourself and life light-heartedly' then I take a 5 minute 'breather' in which I breathe 'uplifting' into my heart and breathe out calmness into my gut. Works like magic!

smiles, Grant

Chris said...

I love that you refer to Abraham, which is an entity I only learned of a few years ago when I moved to Ashland. it really embodies much of Ashland, and it embodies the way I tend to feel. Guess I was meant to move here :-) Thanks, Sue, and keep us going on the wonderful journey that your blogs take us on. C.

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Grant--you are always full of great ideas. What a perfect combo--breathing in uplift and breathing out calmness. Uplift and calmness--love the in the moment focus. It IS magic!

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Chris--There are times when Abraham offers just the right words to capture where we are and where we need to be. Reality isn't all its cracked up to be! We need to see through our dreams to create our own reality.