WASHINGTON, January 22, 2018: Have you ever been in a situation where there is so much going on that you feel like you needed to take a pause? I am sure everyone has felt that way at some time, but you may feel you don’t have the time for such a luxury. Whether at work or at home, however, hopefully we have the awareness to say to ourselves “I need to intentionally shift my energy or behavior and take an Intentional Pause.”
The time you take for that Intentional Pause, even just a minute or two, can really make a difference in your day. You end up energizing yourself rather than feeling depleted.
We are living in a challenging world. The landscape is constantly changing. With the turbo speed rate that information – such as incoming and outgoing messages, emails and voicemails, and daily interactions – the way we live our lives easily falls into the stressful, unhealthy category. We must do something constructive and positive to shift our energy, and it doesn’t have to be complicated.
I suggest taking an Intentional Pause. That pause is very powerful. It allows you to take a breath, to ground and gather yourself and your thoughts. Even better, it’s something we actually have control over. So take yourself off autopilot every now and then, and make a conscious effort to shift your behavior into a pause mode.
The Intentional Pause allows you to be centered enough to ask yourself, “How will I handle things this time?” So whether you are the CEO of your office or your home, it’s important to occasionally shift your behavior.
During this past week I was on several coaching calls where clients who were feeling very pressured learned to make an Intentional Pause their new habit. It allowed them to get more clarity of thought and less of an emotional response. It also allowed them to tune in and change something in the here and now and realize they had a choice.
One client said to me:
In the course of my day having the awareness and being present with a situation allowed me to take a pause. I realized that if I just kept going on and on, I would burn out and then what?
Not healthy. Not productive. Not good for himself, his co-workers, and not for his family.
The choice is yours. You can make decisions that are not reactive but responsive. Taking an Intentional Pause before moving ahead allows you to be more present, creative and engaged.
Taking Intentional Pauses is something you can do to transform your life. Take a one or two minute pause a few times each day so you can better cultivate relationships, be creative, and have grit, courage and space.
Try these steps:
- As your day begins to feel very busy, take an Intentional Pause to ground yourself.
- Plant both feet on the ground as if you were barefoot, digging your toes into the sand. Feel yourself rooted to the ground.
- Take some deep breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth. (Best if your eyes are closed.)
- Feel the warmth of the sun on your body.
- Each time your mind takes you to the past or future, as soon as you are aware, redirect yourself back to the present moment.
- Re-enter you day with the knowledge you will revisit the space you were just in.
By grounding daily you will begin to notice how often you are not present, and that you have the choice to change that and live life differently.
For more Information Contact:
Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, CPCC
Certified Business, Life & Career Coach Focusing on Confidence & Resilience Strategies and Transition
301-706-7226 & 703-574-0039
Ask Susan about her coaching packages and the Stress Reducing techniques she teaches: EFT (Tapping) and Breathing Exercises.