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Stop Relax and Listen



We are too damn busy. You can determine the type of culture we have become by listening to the responses to the simple question “how are you?” Do we ever say “just great!” A more typical response is more likely to involve a lengthy diatribe of how many things that you have done and more importantly still have to do.


We are a culture of burn out!


Answer this honestly. When was the last time you completely relaxed for 30 minutes of uninterrupted, no-guilt, time-out for yourself? Or an even heavier question – When was the last time you took an entire day (insert gasp!) just for yourself?


I could list all the reasons why this is the mother-load of treating yourself badly. But I won’t.


You know you need to look after yourself better.

You know you need to make self-care a priority.

You know you deserve time out.

So Do It.


A little inspiration if I may.


 Top 10 Time Outs


  1. Book a Hotel for the Night – A nice one with room service, a spa, great views and a ridiculously huge bed. Indulge and forget everyone and everything else.


  2. Blanket Day – If you don’t feel like getting out of bed…. Don’t. Call in sick and enjoy a day under the blankets. Stay in your pyjamas, read books and magazines and eat all meals from a tray on your lap.


  1. Create Alone Time – Book a day/night away for the rest of the family. Pack their bags and wave them goodbye as you give you best Tom Cruise - Risky Business dance down the hallway.


  2. Coffee Shop – find a beautiful coffee shop with a great view and coffee that is near orgasmic. Settle in with a book and a running tab. Breathe in the caffeine; breath out the stress. A number of pastry delights would definitely enhance the coffee shop experience.


  3. Beach Combing – swimmers, sarong, book and a towel is all you need. Listen to hypnotic rolling of the waves, feel the breeze whisper over your skin as the sun’s warmth relaxes every muscle in your body. Lay walk or swim. Just enjoy the magic of being oceanside.


  4. Shop without Intention – wonder around your local shops. Just browse and appreciate the beautiful things you find. Buy if you want or just browse. Don’t hurry and take time to find hidden treasures in the back corners. Make great conversation with the shop owners and learn about the products they spend their lives working on.


  1. Read a book – All of it, cover to cover, every page, front to back in one sitting. (You want to really enjoy this book so choose wisely)


  2. Find Your Flow - Flow, also known as Zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Flow can be characterized by the complete absorption in what one does. If you love a hobby or activity then get your flow on!


  1. Pamper. No - that sounds self-indulgent. Let’s call it Physical Maintenance – Book an appointment at your local spa for the works. You need a massage, facial, mani, pedi and everything else that is on that delightful menu intended to make your body, ergo your mind, feel fabulous.


  2. My Time – do yourself a favour and don’t reach the point of burn-out. Commit to taking a little time out for yourself at least a few times a week. Make it a habit and schedule your My Time on the planner each week.




Are you going to take some time for yourself?


You are worth it.



Emma xx


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Julie on January 14, 2015
Wow !! OMG. This is something I should be doing regularly, I know I should, but don't!!! Your suggestions have taken my brain on a mini break, looks like I will be STOPPING, RELAXING AND LISTENING real soon - now