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Time Out – Luxury or Necessity?


Don’t know about you but I’m feeling tired and need more sleep these days. Looking outside I see the trees losing their leaves, days becoming shorter and birds flying away…Nature seems to be going inward and quieting down…into a deep winter sleep.

However we are not. We carry the same pressure if not more, going towards Christmas, Exams, projects, planning and continue with more doing. The tension of having to perform, achieve and present is on-going …

We feel guilty to take time out!


The good news is that more and more of us becoming conscious of this burning out problem.


In every coaching or Yoga workshop I teach I hear people complaining about not having time for themselves, being unable to relax or suffering insomnia. They admit to themselves they are unable to cope unless they make some changes but not sure how.

When overly tired we make mistakes, get angry and agitated, become frail and fragile until we finally break down. Looking after yourself is not a luxury, is your birth right, a necessity.

I personally need to take half hour a day just to be with myself if I want to stay sane. I chant but that doesn’t mean you need to do the same.

  • You can run a bath and soak in it.
  • Close your eyes and just watch your thoughts without getting involved.
  • Go for a massage.
  • Cook your favourite dish.
  • See a trusted friend.
  • Tell your family you are taking this week easy and go to bed early.
  • Make time to read that novel you keep postponing.
  • Go to a Yin or a restorative Yoga class.
  • Wrap up warm and go for a walk.


The list is endless, be creative. It doesn’t have to be complicated or involve financial cost, and even if it does, see it as an urgency and investment in yourself. The other cost is irreplaceable and that is you and your life.

Cherish the life you are given. Go with the flow of your natural state, permit yourself time out from daily chores and responsibilities to renew and recharge.

See you later … I just booked myself a workshop for next week and running a candlelit bath for tonight. What are you doing to restore?


SparkYourBloom Today and Everyday!


Mihaela is a Cambridge certified executive coach who works with and advises board members, top-level executives and entrepreneurs seeking to excel in their career. Her client portfolio ranges from prestigious national to large international businesses.Her approach is focused on exploring personal and professional values, understanding aspirations, removing barriers and visualising the path to success. She hosted a top-ranking TV show and published two best-selling books dedicated to career success.

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