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How to create breathing space in both your personal and professional lives (hint: it’s not self-care or date nights)

In the midst of our busy lives, finding breathing space is critical for maintaining balance, enhancing productivity, and nurturing our well-being. While self-care and date nights are commonly touted as effective strategies, there are additional approaches that can help us create the necessary space in both our personal and professional lives. Embracing intentional practices and setting boundaries, allows us to unlock the power of breathing space and experience a greater sense of fulfillment and success.

Breathing space allows us to pause, reflect, and realign ourselves with what truly matters. It is not just about momentarily escaping the chaos and demands of our lives but rather a deliberate choice to create a sustainable and nurturing environment that supports our growth and happiness. In a world that often glorifies busyness and constant productivity, carving out breathing space becomes an act of self-preservation and self-empowerment.

Here are 5 ways you could begin to have more breathing space in your world:

Embrace Mindful Moments

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, taking moments to pause and reconnect with ourselves is essential. Practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply enjoying a quiet cup of tea, we allow our minds to unwind and recharge. These small moments of mindfulness provide a respite from the constant demands and distractions, enabling us to refocus and approach tasks with a renewed sense of clarity and purpose.

 

Prioritise Meaningful Connections

In the age of digital connectivity, it’s essential to prioritize genuine human connections. Rather than spreading ourselves thin across a multitude of superficial relationships, it’s important to invest our time and energy in cultivating deep and meaningful connections with those who truly matter. By establishing boundaries and being selective about the relationships we invest in, we create breathing space to nurture and cherish these connections, which bring us joy, support, and personal growth.

Learn the Art of Saying No

I heard someone say recently, that “No” is a complete sentence, yet it continues to be one of the most challenging yet liberating skills to develop. It’s natural to want to please others and avoid conflict, but overcommitment leads to overwhelm and burnout. Setting clear boundaries and politely declining requests that don’t align with our priorities and values allows us to create the space we need to focus on what truly matters. By honouring our own needs and limitations, we free ourselves to invest in activities and relationships that bring us fulfillment and enable us to thrive.

Streamline and Delegate

In both personal and professional realms, assessing our commitments and identifying areas where we can simplify or hand off certain responsibilities allows us to concentrate on the activities that align with our strengths and passions, while delegating tasks that can be effectively handled by others. By sharing the load, we not only reduce stress but also create space for personal growth and new opportunities.

Disconnect to Reconnect

In our technology-driven world, constant connectivity can be overwhelming and draining. To create breathing space, it’s important to disconnect from technology periodically and reconnect with ourselves and the present moment. Creating some discipline around tech-free zones (eg the dinner table) or specific times of the day or week (eg tech shabbats) means we can unplug and engage in activities that nourish our souls, such as reading, exercising, or spending quality time with loved ones.

The verdict is in! We know from the work of neuroscientists that our brains work better when they are in a positive state, as opposed to a negative, neutral or stressed state, so prioritising space for mindfulness, connection and joy could be the magic ingredient for your productivity success across all aspects of your life.


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Donna McGeorge
Donna McGeorge is a speaker, author and mentor who helps people work smarter. Using a creative, practical approach, she improves workplace effectiveness while challenging thinking on leadership, productivity and virtual work. She is the author of 3 books, ‘The 25-Minute Meeting: Half the Time, Double the Impact’ and ‘The First 2 Hours: Making Better Use of Your Most Valuable Time’, and more recently, The 1 Day Refund: Take Back Time, Spend It Wisely published by John Wiley.


Donna McGeorge is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. You can follow her on LinkedIn. For more information, visit the author’s website.