It seems everyone I know is “super-busy” and so many people are stressed-out… the question is, how many of them are making time to RELAX.

“The best time to relax is when you don’t have the time.” Tweet This

The most productive people I know schedule spa days, massages and recreation in the midst of their hectic schedules. That’s right, the SCHEDULE relaxation as though it were any other responsibility on their list—and it is. They don’t wait for a time when things will slow down… they proactively make the time and slow things down.

In order to be the best you can be in your personal and professional life, you must make the time to RELAX.

“I have just five letters for you: R-E-L-A-X.” ~ Aaron Rodgers  Tweet This

Uttered, Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the Packers started the 2014 season 1-2.  Whether it was because of his statement, imploring PACKER nation to chill or not, the team turned things around and made a great run through the playoffs.

In this episode, Martin and I review the “B.R.A.D.” acronym which can serve as reminder about how to minimize stress and return to a cool, calm, collected state (13:00):

  • B- Breathe, Deep breathing reminds you to fill the diaphragm
  • R- Release, expectations and the perfect outcome (know what it is and then let go)
  • A- Accept, the situation… resisting any situation only prolongs the challenge
  • D- Direct your attention positively in the present. Focus on the immediate task at hand!

Challenge yourself this week by scheduling recreation and performing your daily tasks differently (thinking of BRAD) and cultivate an appreciation for developing these habits of thought.  

“The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything!” ~Bill Murray  Tweet This

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Resources

Jim Bunch’s The Ultimate Game of Life (TUG) 

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters