Brownell CEO & President Troy Haas shares why it is important to step away and make time for yourself.
When is the last time you made an appointment with yourself? Not an appointment for yourself, like a medical check-up or haircut, but time WITH yourself with no distractions? If the idea seems self-indulgent or like an unattainable luxury, the answer is probably, “not recently,” or “never.” The world tells us to go faster, to do more, and to be bigger, more successful, and busier. However, our bodies, minds, and souls need something very different.
We need quiet.
We need balance.
We need stillness.
We need time for reflection.
When everything and everyone around us is yelling “go, go, go!” we put ourselves directly in the wrong space to accomplish anything. Yes, we’ve all got work to do and boxes to check, but it’s the space in between where creativity, innovation, and big ideas happen. I have found the most effective thing you can do for yourself, your wellbeing, AND your business is to make regular time to step away for a few moments or hours for yourself.
How you regain balance and focus is very personal. I’ve found different things work for me at different times. It’s a lot of trial and error, but all intensely valuable. Below are a few practices that have worked for me over the years.
Time in Nature
A couple of my favorites are walking through the Railroad Park or sitting on the dock looking out over Lake Martin. And there is always the power of a great trip to a natural wonder like Alaska, the Rockies, or New Zealand.
Back to Birkman
Understanding our needs and stress behaviors can be a powerful way of pulling ourselves out of our reptilian brain and back into our mammalian brain. We use the Birkman as a tool to help our team understand their talents and gifts as well as how we can work better together.
Connecting to something higher and deeper is both broadening and comforting. Reading scripture is an important part of my journey.
Begin with the End in Mind
Start your time with yourself by asking what the ultimate goal is, not what the tasks to be accomplished are. Having a clear picture of where you want to go sure helps you get there.
The simplest, but most often neglected part of wellness. A single deep breath or a just an awareness of breath moving through our bodies has a remarkable effect on our bodies. Even Navy Seals agree.
Exercising Body & Mind
While running a marathon can yield a powerful sense of accomplishment for those overachievers and type-As among us, rigorous cardiovascular exercise isn’t the only answer. Yoga, stretching, meditation, and the like can be equally beneficial. Or simply go for a nice, 30-minute walk!
The journey to balance is what’s important, not the destination. What works for you?