How to beat stress - Take a break from stress

Taking a break from everyday stress

Taking a break from normal activity or everyday routines may be one of the best gifts that we could ever give ourselves. By taking a break, I mean that you completely disconnect yourself from your work and from the very environment in which you live, day in and day out. Routines are excellent; they actually help you to multi-task and work on auto-pilot, reducing the stress of working through it all. Yet we need a break even from the very routines that make life easy. Taking a break from routines helps you unwind and relax without having to worry about the next job on the things to do list. Most people take a break or a vacation and still continue to be connected to what they are doing by taking calls and still handling work wirelessly. This isn’t the break that I am talking about. When you take a break, it should be a clean break, away from the stress and struggles of everyday life. I do not see any point in taking a so-called break and still handling and fire fighting issues from some other place.

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Take a break - nature's way

Taking a break can be done in many different ways. You could go on a vacation to some remote but beautiful place, just by yourself or with your family or you could just get into a spiritual retreat or a trekking trip. Whatever you do, make sure that you inform the people in your workplace that you would not like to be disturbed. If you are on a spiritual retreat, you need to inform your family about the times at which you can be contacted, but make sure that your contact with your normal, everyday world is minimal. Your laptops and cell phones are best left behind or carried just for the times that you need to be in touch with others. I remember the first time that I had gone on a week-long spiritual retreat, after two days into the retreat, I was neither aware of the date nor the day nor for that matter, of anything that was happening around me. We need to cut ourselves off from all the worries and the stress of the world, so much so that you forget what is happening around you. That would be an ideal means of reducing stress in a natural way.

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Relax the natures way - take a break from stress

Going on a hiking / trekking trip or a sojourn into nature’s lap of luxury would also be an ideal break. Getting to some place so far away from the din, pollution and business of this world into a quiet place just surrounded by nature and her eloquent silence would be close to an ideal break. Nature calms the mind and makes time stand still. Your mind is totally at peace, your body at rest and you are so connected with nature and your inner self that you find your inner peace. Such breaks act as an analgesic to the mind, reducing stress and helping the mind and the body repair and renew itself from the wear and tear that it undergoes every day.

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Beat stress, relax and renew your creativity in natures lap

Just a couple of days ago, I had taken a vacation to a beautiful place about 3000 feet above sea level. This place is untouched and almost in its virgin state. Every moment was so beautiful and complete in itself that I was totally lost in admiring nature and standing in awe of God’s creation. I had been away just for four days and when I came back, it was almost as if I had completely forgotten how to do my work. It took me a while to re-acquaint myself with my normal everyday routines. My mind is so peaceful and tranquil and even my body seems to have got used to nature’s clock.

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Take a stress break - Let creativity flow

As we were driving back into town, I started thinking about what I should write next, and to my amazement, ideas were flowing like a river. I had to quickly take out a pen, and write them down, lest I should forget. Creativity is at its peak when your mind and your body are completely relaxed and for those of you who are in the field of creative writing or any creative activity, it is so important to take a break. Taking a break not only relaxes and calms down your mind and body but they seem to have a calming effect on your emotions too. Your emotions are now so tuned to this peace and quiet that you are flooded with happiness and inner peace or in other words a complete sense of emotional wellness.

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Get the best out of taking a break

If you want to make the best of taking a break, you really need to keep your mind away from your normal activities. You need to switch off from work and all those things that trouble you, or keep you highly strung and focus on each and every moment and live in the present. Living the moment and capturing the moment not only with the camera but also with your mind and your senses is what gives you the resources to get through tough times. It increases the resilience and will power of your mind and makes your mind work sharper, quicker and more effectively than before. It is so important to take a few breaks through the year to be able to work at your optimal best. You not only have great adventures and stories to share with your loved ones, but you also have great memories stored up for times that may not be so leisurely.

I am reminded of the poem “Leisure” by William Henry Davies which says:

“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
and stare as long as sheep or cows.”

I nod in agreement with the wisdom of his words. How peaceful it is to look up into the deep blue summer skies, smell the roses, feel the springy grass under your feet and live life from moment to moment, cherishing every bit of it. Give your mind, your senses and your body that much needed break. It is time to take a break, take a break that will stop you from having a breakdown. Take that break that you need to think through your problem and take the break that will help you leap ahead and do your best. It is time to take a break!!

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Your Comments never fail to inspire me.... 18 comments

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Sofs-beautiful hub. I rated it up. I love the wisdom of the words as well as the photos. Lucky you that you were able to get away and recharge your batteries.

We must have been on the same wavelength-I recently posted a hub about spiritual retreats, LOL Thanks for sharing your experience. :)

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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi sofs, excellent hub with the key message excellent advise. Let nature be your teacher. Great pics. Thank you for sharing.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Hi Denise, it was wonderful to take a break and recharge my batteries and renew my creative energy. I believe whether it is a holiday or a spiritual retreat you really need to cut yourself away from the busy world around you and live the moment, to be able to make the best of it. Thanks Denise for the read and the comment, I will read your hub on spiritual retreats.. it may not surprise me greatly if we are on the same wavelength. I do appreciate the visit.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

D.A.L it is pleasure to see you here again. Can there be a better teacher than nature? Thank you for the encouragement and the comment. You are a great photographer and nature lover and I truly value and appreciate your comment. :)

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Robert Veight 5 years ago

Hey Sofs, perfect hub for my Sunday morning. I felt a little more relaxed just reading it. Great advice, especially for those of us that are a little more 'wired' than others. I am glad to here that you actually schedule in this kind of quiet time for yourself.... not the easiest to do for some of us. You have motivated me to do it! Will keep you posted on how I do. P.S. rated up and 'Beautiful' Thanks again.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Great that you have started your Sunday morning nice and for me I need my quiet time just to get in tune with my inner-self and being with the family. Glad that you are motivated to take that vital break.. once in a while..and make sure you enjoy every bit of it.. :) Have a lovely weekend and thanks for the comment and rating it up and beautiful :)

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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

That was a wonderful read, and a much needed lesson for millions of us.

Thank you.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Dim Flaxenwick, thank you so much for your kind words. I am happier and at peace for having taking a break the nature's way :) I do appreciate the visit and the comment :)

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

The idea of a Spiritual Retreat beckons..I think we all need time alone. I'm happy for you..Your retreat sounds like you found new energy. Thank you for sharing.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Lovley hub. There's a monastery near here that makes "Monk's Bread" and you can go there on retreat and help them make bread. It's a wonderful getaway and spiritually so refreshing; the monastery is located way out in the countryside and it's beautiful!

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Ruby,it is lovely to take a spiritual break. I always make time for it - one week in a year and a few weekends all through the year. It is so peaceful that it refreshes and recharges you for the rest of the year. Thank you , yes I did have a wonderful time, hope you get yours soon :) Thank you for the read and the comment :)

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Paradise, that sounds like a wonderful place to be..:) I hope you go there once in a while.. :) I would love to go to some place like that... a lovely spiritual break :).

Thanks for the read and the sharing :) I appreciate it :)

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi sofs, lovely, lovely hub, that's my idea of paradise a hike into natures lap of luxury, wonderful!

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Movie Master I agree with you whole heartedly :) Yep ..paradise on earth is what that place is. I need to take more breaks now.. getting addicted to it :)Thanx for the visit and the comment :)

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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

I have to admit I find more brain food in natural surroundings. It is because it removes my stress.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

The best way to relieve stress is to take a break the nature's way. Yes, inspiration and creativity also goes on an upward spiral when the body and the mind is at ease. Thanks Ddraigcoch for the read and the comment.

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DayLeeWriter 5 years ago from Georgia

Beautiful reminder to 'stop and smell the roses'! :)

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Sometimes we need those reminders don't we.. I do..:) Thank you DayLeeWriter for stopping by and for the comment. I appreciate it :)

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