Just five minutes

We are all busy.

I know that.

Life isn’t exactly going to get any slower any time soon.

Work. Family. Friends. Eating. House. Holidays. Social media. etc.

All these things mean that there really aren’t any minutes spare. At all. Anywhere.

No time to chill (unless you call ‘chilling’ checking your phone again) which doesn’t quite count in terms of proper relaxation.

So when I’m talking with clients, and it becomes really obvious that they are super busy, I explain how important it is to take time out from life.

Time to not do anything.

The problem is that there is never any time to do nothing. No time at all.

Which is a shame.

But here’s the trick to making relaxing totally doable; you need to do it fast.

Yep, I know. Fast relaxation.

It sounds wrong. Fast relaxation can’t possibly work.

It doesn’t even make sense.

Until you realise that unless you do find a way to relax, even if it is fast relaxation, you literally aren’t stopping from the minute you wake up until the minute you fall asleep. Which is just crazy, and might explain why you are knackered.

When you are that busy, a quick bit of relaxation could be the solitary chance you get to stop in the whole day.

So fast relaxation it is then.

I’m not about to get all woo-woo on you here. If you aren’t into meditation, then don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you start Ohm-ing all over the place. And if the thought of lying down in the office for twenty minutes after lunch also strikes you as NOT POSSIBLE, again, don’t worry. There’s no requirement to do that either.

What I’m suggesting is finding FIVE minutes, somehow in your day, to do nothing at all.

Not check your phone. Not write a list. Not even read a book or listen to the radio.

Just five minutes to do nothing. at. all.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s hard. As a stereotypical Brit, my version of not doing anything nearly always involves a nice cup of tea. Which is almost good enough. Especially if it’s a nice cup of chamomile tea to help relax.

The reason that it ISN’T absolutely good enough is that I’m still doing a bit of something – I’m still in the process of drinking my cuppa, even if I’m relaxing when I do it.

Ideally, I’d just sit there, for a very short amount of time (fast relaxation, remember) and then go and have a cuppa afterwards. But seeing as I struggle to stay still at all, I’m happy with the cuppa and relaxation – at least I’m giving it a go.

So is there some way that you could squeeze in five minutes to your day?

Could you maybe turn one of your coffee breaks into a five minute ‘just drinking my coffee and not doing anything else’ moment?

One of the best times (in my opinion) to do a bit of fast relaxing is in the half an hour before lunch. Giving yourself a mini-break from being all busy can be really useful because it gives your digestion a chance to get fired up. Which in turn, means you’ll be able to digest lunch better, and be less gassy, or bloaty, in the afternoon.

If the thought of taking just five minutes out of your day to do absolutely nothing feels really really hard to the point of being impossible, then it’s a good sign that you do, in fact, really desperately need to do some fast relaxing.

So go on, see if you can relax quickly…

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2 thoughts on “Just five minutes

  1. Genius, Claire, thank you. Many of us need this, it is truly doable, and when you happen to do it is amazing: nothing went wrong by you stopping for a while, but you feel much much better! (mind and heart and body).

    • Ahhh, thank you indeed!

      Yep, no matter how crazy busy we are, there’s got to be a way to find five minutes to stop. Even if it means hiding in the toilets for a while!

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