This Past Weekend I Broke My Routine In An Attempt To Reset Myself.
Routines are meant to match up with our physical and mental needs.
Routines are meant to help us move along in life.
Routines have a purpose… and that purpose must match up with a need or help us achieve desired outcomes (goals/visions).
We All Need To Recharge Our Batteries From Time To Time.
Spending time with our families and/or friends is essential for most of us, as human beings are social animals.
For me… part of my Thanksgiving slow down involved breaking the routine.
There was no 5 am alarm.
No early morning stretch.
Yoga was eliminated or slated significantly later.
Exercise was tennis with my kids.
Being Regimented Is Great. But So Is Change.
Regimented routines can help you move through structured portions of your life, getting you to points where you earned the right to slow down. And when you get there, you can truly enjoy it.
The work we all do, personally and professionally, earns us the right to take breaks and enjoy the moments.
It’s Okay To Break The Routines, To Let Go, To Relax.
You’ve earned it… you should enjoy it.
We all work so hard to get to these special times of the year when we truly get to unplug, slow down and recharge our batteries.
Recharging Is Critically Important.
For me, as someone who thrives on routine (and can, admittedly, be fanatical about it at times), the hard part of taking a break is letting go. Once I let go this past weekend, I realized just how important a real slow down was for me — mentally and physically.
I am grateful for the time I enjoyed spending with family and friends over Thanksgiving weekend. I am also grateful I had the space to truly slow down for a bit to recharge myself so I could come back to work in a place of power and certainty.
The lessons I learned about taking a break to take care of myself this past weekend will help me enjoy the Christmas break even more. I very much look forward to these next few weeks and the big slow down coming after that.