I wanted today to touch on the importance of having a break, even if it is just for 10 minutes and what I like to do. I am a keen advocate of ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response). To know more have a little read about it on wikipedia:
Taking a few minutes out to listen to or watch ASMR videos gives me back my focus and centers me. I could be struggling with a project or hitting a wall with my writing. Someone may phone me and wind me up or upset my plans and I find myself getting more and more stressed. Then comes the self criticism and verbal abuse at ones self for not just getting on with things. This is firstly unhealthy but also very unproductive. Some of our best ideas come to us when we are relaxed. When you feel good about yourself, it frees you up to be the best you can be. And if you rely upon yourself for a creative burst this is very important.
I have added a link to one of my videos that I recorded for ASMR: WHAT IS ASMR? on my homepage of this website. Just click on it, and it will direct you to YouTube, where you will find this one of mine but I have others under the name of my channel 'One Woman ASMR'. On my channel you will also find some short stories I have recorded and an insight into chapters of some of my books.
Taking a break, should not make you feel guilty. If you are losing concentration and feeling tired, it is simply your bodies way of letting you know, that it's time to stop. So next time you feel this way. Put what you are doing to one side. Sit or lay down, read a book or listen to some incredibly relaxing ASMR. (Also great to induce sleep!) And hopefully by the end of the video, you will feel more like yourself, revived and ready to carry on with your day. x
Here is another: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0veCRIbY2BI&list=PLQ2VSHpp1hV4AyYfvAHtnQ4eaaHmpsODn&index=6
Find me on you tube in the 'One Woman Series'.