To Live Well, Take a Break!

Cari Vollmer

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Please don't think the idea of taking a break is all fluff, lazy or just not possible. If you're someone who wants MORE for their life, taking time to enjoy yourself, rest and be still, on a consistent basis, is a very smart strategy that will boost your effectiveness in all areas of your life.

In Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz's book, The Power of Full of Engagement, they state we live in a world that celebrates work and activity, ignores renewal and recovery, and fails to recognize that both are necessary for sustained high performance.

They go on to say without periods of recovery, our life becomes a blur of doing and leaves little time for being. But it is in our ability to just be where our creativity flourishes, love and friendships are nurtured and a deeper connection to our spirit can be found.

Spiritually speaking there is a Universal Law of Balance that simply states: Balance applies to us on cosmic, biological, and personal levels – to our body, mind, and emotions – reminding us that anything we do, we can overdo or underdo, and that if our internal pendulum swings to one side, it will inevitably swing to the other. (Source: The Life You Were Born To Live by Dan Millman)

Right now, take a few moments and decide how you can have more fun, get more rest and practice stillness on a regular basis. As an example, see my personal list below. Feel free to use this outline for your own use.

How I like to have fun: spend time with friends, plan and host a party, travel, go shopping, try new restaurants, discover fun things to do in the city I live, decorate my house, volunteer

How I like to rest: nap, read, watch TV, go to a movie, hang out with my family and friends, go to the spa, get a massage, wear my comfiest clothes

Where I can find stillness (how I clear my head so I can hear my wiser inner voice): meditate, walk in nature, go for a drive, take a shower, exercise, get my camera out and take pictures

Life is lived in the NOW. It is not lived down the road, in the future, or when the time is right. There is no better time to enjoy this life you have then right now. Take a break from all of your responsibilities and worries and rebalance your energy by doing something that allows you to laugh, feel joy, and refresh your body, mind and spirit.

Copyright (c) 2006 Cari Vollmer

Cari Vollmer, founder of and creator of , simplifies personal growth by showing you step-by-step how to create and live a life that works well and feels great! To sign up for her FREE how to articles and no-charge 5-Day Feel Great Now E-Course visit


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