By Barb Ward

What if for just ten minutes, you could turn off the chaos vibrating through your head. You could just close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let all the worries and thoughts in your head float up into the sky. You could feel the tension release from your body, and you could relax. For just ten minutes. As the days get longer and the temperatures warmer, you may feel yourself wanting to do this more and more. And you should!

There are no two ways about it, it has been a hard 14 months. You’ve made it through the overnight transition from work life to work from home. From helping with homework to home-schooling your children. From in-person meetings to hours on Zoom. And hours of online learning for your kids. You’ve endured lockdowns, ever-changing Covid protocols, and some of you skeptically transitioned back to school, back to work, back to kid’s activities, all with rules, and masks, and strict quarantine protocols.

You deserve a break, even if it is just ten minutes! It is time to decompress, shake off the chaos, and find new ways to relax, rejuvenate, renew, and rejoice. Here are some suggestions:

  •       Go for a walk
  •       Do a quick meditation
  •       Journal your thoughts
  •       Read a book or article
  •       Call a friend
  •       Listen to your favorite song
  •       Write a note to someone you care about
  •       Make a list of things you’re grateful for
  •       Pause and notice something nice
  •       Stand and stretch

While it may seem like you don’t have the time to take a ten-minute break, you’ll be glad you did. Taking a break can help you reset your mind and make the rest of your day more peaceful and more productive.

What would you do with your ten minutes?