Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our thoughts that we wind up going round in round in circles, finding it difficult to concentrate on things and, because we are so distracted, not really accomplishing much.
There are signals - mental, emotional, and physical - that tell us we need to slow down and relax. But since we are so involved in things external to us, we overlook what is going on inside of us. It is during these times that we need to step back from what is occupying our minds and take a moment to connect with our inner self, giving our minds and bodies the time they need to reenergize.
At first it may seem that by taking a break we may not be as productive as we would initially like. In reality, a healthy period of rest is something that gives us a real sense of our true potential.
Spending a couple of minutes walking outside, doing a few yoga poses, meditating, or simply becoming attuned to the rising and falling of our breath enables us to let go of what distracts us and brings our focus back to the things that are truly essential.
As we begin to get in touch with this part of ourselves, we find that our usual everyday troubles and worries become less critical and that we not only have much more room in our lives to really reflect on the issues that mean the most to us, but we are also able bring a more positive outlook to a myriad of situations we encounter.