As we’re thinking about family this Friday, I thought we would talk about pausing. What does it mean to pause in life? Well, if we think about the end of winter, it seems like life pauses right before we get to spring and all then of nature explodes. It means taking a deep breath before you rush to your next meeting. It means taking time to count to 10 before you yell at your partner or kids. It’s about stopping when you see that cute YouTube video of those puppies to just enjoy a minute of their cuteness (warning: these videos are addictive, only watch one per day). It’s about taking the time to properly answer an email instead of typing out a quick answer and sending it out with spelling mistakes and lots of (inappropriately) abbreviated words.
Why pause? Well, it lowers your blood pressure. You’re a much more enjoyable person to be around. You have less stress and think clearer. You’ll have better relationships and people will enjoy being around you more. You will be more respected at work and you’ll be more professional too.
Stop, pause, take a deep breath, stretch, or close your eyes for just 10 seconds an hour or five minutes a day and you’ll be amazed how much more focused, relaxed and patient you are. Make pausing your default action instead of yelling or freaking out. Another great activity to do during your 5 minutes of pause time is yoga. By doing the movements each day you’ll be more flexible and feel better about your body. Take a deep breath right now, and enjoy the rest of your day!
These thoughts are part of one of my Path Plan Track courses, “10 Daily Habits”. Click here and scroll down about 2/3 of the page to learn more about my “10 Daily Habits” course and other courses and programs I offer.
Do you take time each day to pause? Have you saved yourself or a situation because you paused? Share your thoughts below.