I’m a small business owner. Actually for the most part I am the business. I want my business to do better and I want you to be happy, so I think about business a lot. A lot. It’s like being a parent or taking care of your home – there’s always something that needs done. Maybe it’s not critical, but you don’t want those things piling up and becoming a big job.
Technology can be very helpful and useful. However, it can also be a drain on you. If you are nearly always available and connected, it becomes difficult to give your mind the break it needs and be present in what else is going on. If you can check your email from anywhere or get a call or text anytime, it is harder to turn off that part of your life, even briefly.
I talk to you about relaxing, disconnecting, and recharging, but I found myself in the condition I advise against. It wasn’t deliberate of course; I just sort of let it happen that way. I try to follow the advice I give because I believe in it.
Maybe this sounds familiar to you. You are watching a movie or playing a game. It’s fun, but you are not fully engaged in it because you are thinking about what else you need to do and what to do when this is over. When it’s over, you are not relaxed because you weren’t completely there.
So what to do?
Continue to work hard at what you are doing, but when it’s time for a break, do just that. Even if it is not for long, break free. Enjoy your walk, show, game, book, or whatever you choose. The projects and tasks will still be there when you get back – but you can come back to them with a clear mind. That produces more creative thinking and a boost in the energy to take them on.
Of course a great way to completely relax and recharge is to get a massage. You have no responsibilities during this time. You don’t have to maintain a conversation or do anything. Let your mind zone out or catch a nap. You may find, as I do, that you can think much more clearly afterwards. It’s a terrific way to get your body and mind feeling good again.
Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio. Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com