Learn When to Pause

by Lynell Cavner, Owner & Master Certified Bowen Practitioner, Lynell & Company

Animals, like bears, intuitively know when to pause (not to be confused with paws), especially come winter when the world slows down, the growth of plants go into slumber and the nights lengthen out. This is also a time for humans to take a temporary pause to rest, regroup and refresh our souls, minds and bodies.

Life is full of every emotion: This we all know and have experienced. Our decisions and actions bring on many feelings that rise and fall like the tides of the ocean.

Likewise, all actions bring about a reaction whether positive or negative — there will be a reaction to every action. With this in mind, learning to pause now and then will be more beneficial than you can imagine.

Taking an extra second or two to respond during a conversation with another who is speaking shows respect for the one who is speaking. Before “reacting” to anything whether it be an insult or a compliment pause — this buys you a little time to get past any reflexive tendencies.

A temporary stop — a pause — when we are burning the candle of our lives at both ends becomes necessary when mental, physical and emotional exhaustion begins to set in; not after it has cemented itself into place.

Here lies the catch, learning to recognize when our candle is beginning its burning-out-of-control scenario.

By asking yourself a few questions, you will then be able to decide what action you will take to rectify your burnout or continue on its path.

  • Are you continually feeling exhausted and depleted of all energy?
  • Are you feeling more cynical and negative toward your job and others?
  • Are you having more heightened emotional responses and irritability?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you may want to consider taking a “pause”. Just stop what you are doing and take in 10 deep breaths, go for a brisk 15-minute walk, do some deep body stretching for 15 minutes or schedule a self-care session. Quarterly maintenance of the body and nerve systems helps individuals cope and manage the waves of life. So, give your body the inspiration it needs to help itself heal by pausing to regroup and refresh your mind & body & soul.