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How to take a break: Let yourself be

When I was a kid I always assumed that once I am grown up, I would be somebody. Not necessarily some great or famous, just someone who has found her place in the world and knows what she wants and what to do with life. I thought that this would happen automatically in the course … Continue reading

How to take a break: mindfulness

After having taken an 8-week course in mindfulness-based stress reduction, I still haven’t quite figured out what exactly mindfulness is supposed to be. I do have a vague idea, though, that I find rather sympathetic. For my amateur understanding, mindfulness is about being (and staying) in the moment, here and now. Paying close attention to … Continue reading

How to take a break: sleeping

Insomnia has been a loyal companion to me througout my entire life. I have tried to terminate our relationship numerous times, but insomnia simply refuses to take the hint. Insomnia faithfully sticks around through good times and bad times. In a bad night my inability to sleep culminates in feelings of despair and hopelessness, and … Continue reading

How to take a break: nature

Going outside, sitting down: I feel the warmth of the sunshine on my skin. Occasionally the cool breeze. The damp grass I’m sitting on. I hear a small animal rustling in the shrubbery. A bee buzzes by. A blackbird scolds noisily. I watch leaves flicking against each other in the wind, ants crawling around purposefully … Continue reading

How to take a break: crying (or self-compassion)

You’re hurting and you feel like crying. So what do you do? You tell yourself you’re being ridiculous. You make yourself feel guilty for feeling sad: After all there are others who are much worse off. You are so privileged, you’re nothing but a spoiled brat. You tell yourself you don’t have the right to … Continue reading

How to take a break: Playing

In an earlier post I said that I envy my little nephew (5 years old) for his ability to be completely there in the moment. This is also true – maybe even more so – for his little sister who is 2 years old. You could also say: I envy them for their ability to … Continue reading

How to take a break: sketching

Remember when you were a child: how you were able to completely lose yourself in whichever activity you were doing and forget about the time and forget about the rest of the world? Truth is: I don’t really remember clearly what it was like, but when I see my little nephew walking through the world … Continue reading