Disciplined Relaxation

yoga-sunsetThe world seems to be speeding up. The demands that we have on ourselves as professionals in the workplace seem to be increasing. The more I speak with people, the more I’m continually convinced that people are giving more than they’re getting. What I mean by that is, they’re working in jobs where they are outputting huge amounts of emotional, mental and physical energy, but many are not replenishing that energy.

Your energy is the capital that drives your life. I think that as a professional in a job that demands large outputs, you need to ensure you make time for inputs. It’s kinda like slowing down to speed up. You need to refresh your energy so that you can work as hard as you desire.

Many of us know we need to be disciplined at work, but few of us actually show that type of discipline structure in our personal life. The impact of this is, we live drained lives that leave us unfulfilled and tired.

Having the discipline of choosing to relax at specific times in your day or week will be the difference between giving your best or coming out second best.

Here are five ideas for disciplined relaxation:

1. Take a bath with epsom salts.
2. Have a lunch break or short break during (away from your desk).
3. Read a book you enjoy.
4. Take a walk and connect with your surroundings.
5. Meditate through breathing deeply and focusing on your breath.

In the twenty-first century, so many of us are required to output immensely. But it is essential that you create inputs in your life so you can live energised, enthused and empowered.



  • http://www.debramanson.com.au Debra Manson

    Hi Colin
    Absolutely LOVE your newsletters, forward them to family and clients !
    Great wisdom this one, something I needed to be reminded of
    Bless you

    • Colin Boyd

      Thanks so much, Debra. You’re a blessing in my life and in many people’s lives. Great to hear from you.

  • http://timdee.com Tim Dee

    This is great – also Mindfulness is something I find really helps me relax – it’s not exactly the same as breathing exercises, it’s a way of being at one with myself and accepting things for being the way they are while relaxing. If a thought comes into the mind, I acknowledge it, hold it for a moment, then let it float away…

    • Colin Boyd

      Thanks Tim, love that thought also! The feeling of not fighting against your world but working with it is very peaceful.