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Don’t forget to breathe

For many of us it’s been a wildly crazy summer. The weather here in the northeast has been amazing for most outdoor activities (with apologies to farmers who desperately needed rain) and in many locations the spending public has been more in evidence than in recent history.

After a busy season, whether you’ve been serving the traveling public or enjoying everything summer has to offer (or possibly both), it’s time to breathe and take a break to recharge your batteries. We’ve all heard the phrase “take time to smell the roses” and there is infinite wisdom in those simple words.

Too often people tend to keep on pushing, working themselves to exhaustion, because there’s always something that needs to be done. The reality is those things will always be there and usually they can wait until another day.

There are so many things in the world around us that we miss when we keep our heads down and stay focused only on what needs to be done. When was the last time you took time to enjoy the proverbial sweet scent of roses; the enticing aroma of freshly baked bread or cookies, or a neighborhood barbeque; the smell of a newly mown lawn; a beautiful sunrise or sunset; a rainbow after a storm; frogs croaking in a pond or nearby woods; the sound of the birds singing or a hummingbird hovering while sipping nectar; children laughing; the rumble of distant thunder. There are so many little things to experience throughout the day that can bring joy and pleasure to your life if you allow it. Taking the time, even if it’s only for a few moments each day, will make your life better in so many ways. Taking a moment helps to relieve stress and gives you new energy so you will be more productive and happier.

There are also many things within ourselves that we may not be paying attention to because we’re “too busy”. It could be as simple as missing your workout routine for too many days (weeks?) in a row and eventually noticing your clothes are fitting differently, and not in a good way. It could also be something more sinister, like the stress that’s been building and building and the recurring headaches you’ve been having because you’ve had no release valve for your tension. Then again, it could also be that nagging pain, or cough, or toothache that just won’t go away. While some of these things are considered normal and are probably nothing to worry about, “normal” should be feeling happy and healthy. That nagging issue you’ve been ignoring could be something far more serious that needs medical attention.

It’s important to pay attention to and take care of your mind and your body, and taking time to breathe during your day, every day, can help you focus on what’s really important in your life. Doing this also makes you more productive and ultimately more successful in whatever you do. So stand up right now, have a good stretch, take a nice deep breath and change your scenery!