Some days get a little crazy. We all have those days where we long to soak in a hot bath, or get lost in a book for a while. But what do we do when time is not on our side? Take a mini 5 minute or less break to recharge. You’ll be surprised at how much it refreshes you, and helps you dive back into the fray.
Take a scripture break. Look for a verse on peace, or read Psalm 23. Think on the words for a minute. Let it sink in. Take it with you as you go back to your day.
There is something wonderfully calming about a nice cup of tea in a beautiful teacup. It’s soothing to the body and nerves, and only takes a couple of minutes to brew. When your tea is gone, it’s time to get back on task.
If the weather permits, step outside for a minute. Take in the flowers, trees, landscape…it is amazing how peaceful this can be. Observe nature for a few minutes, and let your mind and spirit settle. God created nature to be restorative. Remember Psalm 23?
Pet a cat. Or a dog. Maybe a bunny. Seriously, take a minute and pet them. There is a reason animals are used in therapy. They have a calmness that transfers to you simply by petting or snuggling with them.
Music is wonderful. Turn some calm or relaxing music on. Close your eyes, and let the melody wash over you. Or choose something upbeat and dance around the room. Play an instrument? Pick it up and play for a minute or two.
These are even more powerful mini breaks if you combine more than one idea. Step outside with your tea. Listen to music while petting your cat. You get the idea. Learn to steal moments of peace to recharge. Even though they are quick breaks, they really do help recharge you.
How do you recharge when time is short?