This is your opportunity to take time to enjoy the little things.
But today, I wanted to talk about something a little different; the importance of relaxing, especially during these difficult times.
As a recruiter I speak with a lot of people and most everyone makes the effort to deal with the day to day challenges that we’re facing and still manage to have a good chuckle about it – which is probably the best thing we can do.
However, you can frequently hear a bit of the stress or anxiety coming through. We’re all worried about our families, our friends, and ourselves.
Even at the best of times, stress can really take a toll on our health and relationships and, unfortunately, just about every day we wake up wondering “what now”. Between COVID-19, racial injustice, and economic worries, the hits just keep on coming.
That’s why I believe it’s even more important than ever, when times are so tough, that we take a moment and breathe – just let it all go for even a few minutes. Take time to enjoy the little things.
It doesn’t matter what it is that makes you relax or decompress, just find something that gives you a moment of peace.
It needn’t be extravagant; have a cup of tea, read a book, listen to music, or smell the flowers.
It may be a little thing, but it may be just what you need to help you get through the rest of your day.
For myself, a cup of tea, soothing music, a good book and my cat always make my day. And I’ve been getting out everyday for a walk. I take the side streets where it’s quieter and just enjoy the beautiful weather.
I wanted to find some advice from better minds than mine and I think these articles can help. I hope you find them to be of interest.
This article from Natural Mindfulness explains the benefits of walking in nature – even if you can’t get to a truly natural setting, walk the side streets and smell the roses!
Here’s a great article from the University of Minnesota about how reading can relax you and lower your heart rate.
And, of course, the benefits of music are well known and documented – “music to soothe a savage beast”.
Regardless of where you find your Zen, try to find a little bit of it every day – it really makes a difference.
Wishing all the best to you and yours – and stay safe out there!
– Pamela Inglis, Manager Recruiting/Senior Consultant, Rostie & Associates Inc.