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Take 60 Seconds Now!

  • July 3, 2018
  • Written by Meridian Admin

Are you too busy? Does everything seem to be going so fast you can’t catch your breath? Is your brain beginning to get foggy – are you suffering brain overload?

Running a business can be all encompassing – it often seems like there’s no break from one activity to another, from one demand on your time to the next. The noise is incessant and eventually there comes a time when you can’t fit anything else in – you start to spiral and you are in danger of crashing and burning.

If that sounds like your life right now, STOP! Seriously, there gets a point where carrying on doing everything just because it NEEDS to be done will be dangerous to your health and your business. We all make excuses, “I can’t spare a moment, I have to do all this, if I don’t do it no one will and it has to be done now – right now.” Does that sound familiar?

If it does, and your head is spinning and you know deep down your decisions are becoming sketchy you need to clear your head – give it a reboot. Before you say, “I don’t have time!” take a look at the list below and choose just one thing to do right now, right this minute. Some of the items on the list can be done in 60-seconds. Others may take a little longer, but none of them take long. Once you experience the benefit, do one every day and start to clear out that old attic you call your head. Some of these can be done at work others at home.

  • Set the timer on your phone for 60-seconds and simply breathe – focus on your breath, nothing else. There now – that feels better doesn’t it? Feel free to increase the time as you begin to notice the benefit of just a few seconds of nothing.
  • Go out for a walk and really stop to notice the beautiful things around you. Do it – even if it’s just for five minutes.
  • Okay, you can’t leave your office. Stay where you are and clean off your desk and get yourself more organized. Doesn’t that feel better? Uncluttered desk, uncluttered mind.
  • Delegate a task – it can be just one, but delegate something to someone. There, you just cleared some mental space.
  • Make a list of all you have to do and prioritize tasks over the next few days. Clear some space for today at least.
  • Share your stresses and struggles with someone – this can be at work or at home. Just talk, share, unload a little.
  • Ask someone for help, and listen when someone offers to help you – don’t be a martyr.
  • Go for coffee or lunch with a business colleague – choose someone who makes you feel good about yourself.
  • Book time to do something you love – treating yourself to time makes room in the brain.
  • Sit and think for 3-minutes about why you do what you do. If you discover you are only doing it because … then you may want to reconsider your long-term goals. Hopefully, you will reconnect with your mission, goals and objectives. It’s like pressing a reset button.
  • Hug someone – someone who likes to be hugged, not just anyone, that could lead to problems. If all else fails hug yourself.
  • Pet a dog or a cat – connect with their unconditional love.
  • Eat a healthy meal or resist a muffin or cookie. Then, feel self-satisfied.
  • Call a loved one – yes even if you are busy working – and tell them you love them. Feel good now?

Use this list as a starting point. You can only shove so much into that brain of yours before something breaks. As entrepreneurs we put ourselves through a whole lot of stress and we think we are invincible – we often even take pride in being a workaholic. But no one can keep pushing themselves forever – something will break and it might just be you.

Take 60-seconds right now and breathe – just breathe.