Halftime for the Year – A Time for Renewal

Relaxation and Renewal at the Beach

By Kathleen Steffey

“I couldn’t imagine living in a state that didn’t reach the ocean. It was a giant reset button. You could go to the edge of the land and see infinity and feel renewed.”

Avery Sawyer, Notes to Self

As I sit here overlooking the Gulf of Mexico on the first day of July, with the first half of the year behind us and a week of family fun and relaxation at the beach ahead, this quote certainly speaks volumes to me about the importance of just stopping and taking a breather every once in awhile.  Wouldn’t it be great to just have a giant reset button whenever you needed it?

Well, take the take the time during the holiday week to stop moving at the pace of life and clear your head.  Release the past, think about the future, or anything else that rejuvenates your mind, body, and spirit.  The importance of renewal can’t be overstated.   Improved happiness, greater productivity and success, and reduced stress all come with truly letting go and releasing for a while.

Renewal comes in different ways to different people.  A few ideas to consider for renewing yourself:

  1. Take time to do something you personally like to do. Read a book, go on a trip, take long walks (without the iPhone), go to the spa, or whatever you like to do.  Treat yourself to something that you love.  That investment in yourself is well worth it.
  2. Get out of your comfort zone. Do something new that you don’t normally do or maybe even something you feel uncomfortable doing.  Push yourself athletically, volunteer to help others in need, go to a place that is very different from home.  Often all we need is a little different perspective on things to help us appreciate what we have or understand what we would like to do differently.
  3. Connect with someone.  In the daily routine, many of our interactions with others are transactional – drop off the kids, return something you borrowed, talk about your day.  Make an effort to stop and really listen to someone.  It could be your spouse, a child, a parent, or your best friend.  Ask insigthful questions, share your inner thoughts and really communicate.
  4. Stop and listen to yourself.   Take 20-30 minutes and do nothing.  Find silence.  No TV, music, kids.  Let your mind flow where it goes.  Listen to your body.  Your mind and body are powerful things and they speak volumes if you take the time to hear it.  The things you need to address physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually will boil to the surface when you just pause every once in a while.

So, whether you are getting away for the holidays, or just stopping to take time during the week to refresh, make a commitment to invest in yourself.