August 15th was National Relaxation Day!
So throw on you favorite Tommy Bahama shirt and grab a Pina Colada. Just relax and let your worries carry away.
Have you ever been told to ‘relax’ when you were just trying to get something accomplished?
Here is a quick marriage tip I learned from my dad. He would tell my mom “Oh relax Terri!” when he thought my mom was overreacting. Just writing that I can visualize my mom turning red, and getting angry at my dad for saying that. So, I try my best to avoid saying that to my wife.
I don’t know about you, but when I am working on something, passionately, driven to reach an outcome, and in full momentum, the hardest thing to do is to relax and slow down. When I take extreme ownership on a task or project it is not in my DNA (thanks Mom) to just relax.
But that’s not to say that we should just bury our head in work and never look up. In order to create good work, there is a need for pause, reflection, and refocus.
My friend, Victor Moreno, is doing some amazing work as a chef. He wrote an amazing article outlining his beliefs in the workplace. One of those points he made was the need to pause. Pausing is a part of preparation, and also a part of prevention of mistakes. We have all heard “Think before you act,” a life lesson that has to be constantly relearned.
When I need to regroup my thoughts, I like to take 7 deep breaths, to bring oxygen to the brain. It only takes 1 minute, and that also allows me to prioritize my thoughts.
So the next time someone tells you to ‘relax,’ just remember to pause, take a moment to yourself with a few deep breaths, then get back to your project with focus and determination.