Take a Mini-Break,
Meditate when Tired or Sick
Most of us with busy lives have experienced occasions where we are very, very tired but have an unavoidable event planned in a few minutes like going out for the evening or giving a presentation or finishing a tough project. Besides the misery there is sometimes even a concern about getting sick from pushing things so hard.
Once you have learned how to meditate (see below) it is surprising how rejuvenating a 10-15 minute meditation break can be. Sometimes as short a 5 minutes will work but it usually takes us longer.
Among other things meditation is a form of deep relaxation. When very tired we have found that it is quite easy to get into a deep state of meditation, much easier than usual. Within 5 minutes the outside world completely disappears and we fall into an almost unconscious state (perhaps sleep or something deeper). It’s good to have a cell phone alarm to “wake” you up.
Upon waking we usually find ourselves deeply refreshed and ready to go! As an aside, there have been occasions when it felt like a bad sore throat was coming and after 10 minutes of meditation that sick feeling disappeared.
This meditation tip works much better than the same short amount of sleep. We couldn’t have gotten to sleep so fast and it would have been nowhere so deep or refreshing.
How to Meditate
You only need to do this simple form of meditation for a few minutes to feel relaxed, refreshed and refocused. “It involves relaxing and focusing on your breathing. Set a timer for three minutes and close your eyes. Then, take slow, deep breaths. Concentrate on each inhalation and exhalation, and ignore all other thoughts.” For more suggestions on how to meditate see Meditation Breathing Exercises.