For some, taking a break can be over done.  Are you one who does too much for you or not enough?  Staying emotionally fit involves balance giving and taking.

EMOTIONAL FITNESS take a break advice

Think of taking a break as stepping outside of your usual box.

Tip one:  A couch potato?  Break away from the couch.  A must-exercise-every- day person ? See what happens when you play couch potato for day.

Tip two:  Always on electronically?  Turn all your gadgets off and read a book or take a walk into the woods without your ears plugged to your I-Pad.  Never connected, explore what is so fascinating to so many.

Tip three:  Not religious? Visit a church, synagogue, mosque.  Check up on manners for the one you select.  Religious? Learn about ways other people worship, better yet talk to an atheist, all with an open mind.

Tip four:  Working almost all the time?  Do no work for a whole day? Retired, unemployed, or not working for other reasons, volunteer to work somewhere either regularly or a whole day.


The harder you find it to step out of your box, the more you are being controlled by one feeling or another.  Can be a sign of a possible addiction to what  makes you feel good.  Work can be an addiction; exercising, pleasing others, even religious observance can be addictive.  One key is how anxious you feel when not pursuing your feel good behaviors as you normally do.  A second key is how your feel good behavior affects your treatment of others.  Remember emotional fitness is about being kind to your self and others.  Addictions usually involve neglecting others to feed your own needs.

Taking a break is part of several emotional fitness exercises.  Many involve taking mini-breaks.  Click here for a fuller explanation of the Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Exercises.

Finally, you  might  enjoy my Emotional Fitness Pinterest Board.  I post and share health and mental health news, fun ideas, cooking for and with children recipes, stories and poems of strength, and Be With Beauty pictures as well as my blogs and because I am interested in writing and blogging tips on doing both better.

As always thank you all for all you do, stay strong, and may your life be filled with love, kindness, laughter, and lots of good luck.


DISCLAIMER ONE: ADVICE IS JUST ADVICE NOT A GUARANTEE   Even the most learned researchers and therapists quarrel about how to stay emotionally strong.  Take their advice and mine carefully. Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart. Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you those of us who think we can help.  Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t.  As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.

DISCLAIMER TWO: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS  If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here. I will understand if you don’t follow, like or share my blog. Not only am I dealing with an aging brain, but all of my life I have been plagued by dysgraphia–a learning disability. If you hang in with me, thank you.



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