"Did you recharge your cell phone yesterday? What about your laptop? Have you taken your car in for a check up lately? And when was the last time you took the time to recharge yourself? Not just for a day, a week, or even a month - but for an extended period of time? When was the last time you took a real break?"
~ Reboot Break
What if you actually like your job, but you are exhausted, feeling like you're going nowhere, stuck in a routine, and need to re-energize with a new view and possible new skill sets?
This was exactly how I was feeling last spring, so I decided to take a sabbatical from all things involving my Nutritional E-Cleanse Program business to relax, renew, and recharge. No big agenda... just mostly trusting and surrendering to whatever presented itself.
A "sabbatical" is defined as taking a rest or a break from work (often lasting from 2 months to a year) to relax or re-examine priorities, so one can return to work energized. It is often considered essential for creative and new thinking, and can help one build skills, or simply dust off cobwebs and routines in your brain. People who take sabbaticals report feeling happier, and they return to their jobs feeling refreshed, reinvigorated, and ready to tackle new challenges.
Many of us increasingly find ourselves pulled in many directions, striving to balance the needs of others with the need to nurture ourselves. This pull is often exhausting and, sometimes, can lead to resentment or burnout. So the question becomes, how do we manage our work, family lives, and social life and commitments if we aren't able to take care of ourselves?
Personally, I was so caught up in ALL of my activities that I didn't even consider taking a break a possibility. After all, it was all "good work in the world", plus I take really good care of my physical health and, besides, I really can't afford to take a break, right? Then, one day at church, the minister announced that he was going to be taking a sabbatical, and I started crying. I realized then and there that I NEEDED to take a break!
Sometimes, it just takes being willing for something to happen and then the way is shown. No, I'm not in a financial position to stop working entirely for any period of time. But, as I looked at my situation, I saw that the Summer E-Cleanse program really wasn't much of a money maker for me. Folks are generally eating lighter and healthier in the summer months anyway, and vacations and other activities get in the way of making a commitment to do a cleanse for 23 days. So I made the decision to take a break from researching and writing blogs, posting on social media, the Healthy Eating support group, and facilitating the Nutritional E-Cleanse Program.until fall and then re-evaluate.
Taking a break was the best gift ever - the gift of time. While I continued to see clients as usual, my schedule still gave me plenty of time to rest, to relax my mind, and to train for the big hiking trip I had scheduled for August. And, once I created the space, I was introduced to some new nutrition information that I was able to pursue. This resulted in my releasing 10 pounds that I previously had been unable to shed along with increased energy and over all well-being.
Then the news came that my August hiking trip had been cancelled due to record snow pack this year and the next trip was in October - when I usually facilitate the Autumn Nutritional E-Cleanse Program. It made me laugh because my mom had recently asked me when I was going to do the next cleanse program, and I'd automatically answered, "I don't know - that information hasn't been downloaded to me yet." Well, now I had my answer...my sabbatical was going to last longer than I'd originally planned!
Well, except that I found myself excited and wanting to start writing blogs and updating the program to share what I had learned! I KNEW that was exactly how I wanted to feel about my work and that I was ready to begin again... so I did just that!
Reboot - to restart, an act or instance of making a change in order to establish a new beginning.
You may be thinking that this is NOT a good time to think about taking time for oneself with the holidays upon us. But I suggest that it is the perfect time to think about it! I invite you to stop and consider how you can take better care of yourself and allow others to do the same over this busy season. And then, as you look at the new year, I invite you to consider ways that you can give yourself the gift of time and reboot your life.
Perhaps even with the New Year's Nutritional E-Cleanse Program? If so, I'm here for you... renewed and improved!
Happy, Healthy Holidays!
JoAnn Newton is a Master Massage Therapist, Certified Diet Counselor & Holistic Nutrition Educator, and Spiritual Counselor who is committed to creating, living, and enjoying health, balance, and freedom on all levels, both personally and professionally, while providing educational and healing services.