I just took a coffee break. My break was vacuuming my house. Working at home has it's advantages and disadvantages. I got supper in the slow cooker earlier and have done two loads of laundry. I've also had two coaching calls and made a number of follow up calls and emails and signed up one new one-to-one coaching client. A pretty productive morning so far! So what is it about doing "work" on a break that makes it a break.
For me, a break is a change of pace, a different thing for my mind and body to do. I spent the morning sitting. Vacuuming and running up and down the stairs to switch laundry gets my body moving and my heart pumping. These are two very important things. The methodic motion of vacuuming has a calming sense and the look of my floor after gives me a feeling of order. It is a way also to slow my mind down and empty it of the clutter of thoughts. It's amazing what then comes into the mind! I am able to be more creative and insightful.
So what is the key to taking breaks? For me, it's about awareness and presence. When I go go go, I can fall into the trap of not being present. To stop and take a break makes me aware that my body is stiff and wants to move, wiggle, stretch or dance. By speeding up my body, it actually allows me to slow down and be more present to what is there!
When I am working, I want to feel connected to the person on the other end of the phone or who is receiving my email or reading my work. I want to be alive, creative, energetic and engaged. In order to do that I need to be present to me, to what I am doing and to whom I am connecting with. So rather than taking a coffee break, I aim to take a break that rejuvenates me. I look to do something that will recharge me and bring me back to being present and conscious. Sometimes that means taking a break to take my dog for a walk, to sit in my garden, talk to my kids, make supper or to vacuum. I then drink my coffee when I get back to work!
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