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Unwinding to Achieve Success

UnwindIn this day and age, it seems as if our lives just get busier and busier. That is why it is more important now than ever to have some time set aside to be calm and relax. As we approach the holidays this is even more important. We allow ourselves to be pulled in a million directions. Whether it is work emails, texting with our friends, or trying to keep up with current events in the news. Most people have a computer, a smart phone, a tablet, and/or a television. When we rely so much on these electronic devices for interaction and communication, we grow to expect instant responses.

What calms you? What can pull you away from your devices and give you a sense of peace?  For me the sound of the ocean and the warmth of the beach and toes, is the perfect calming experience. There’s not much better than a good nap on the beach.  For those of you who are not near a beach, yoga is also a great way to relax and calm down. The oneness and calmness of your own breathing paced with your yoga practice brings a great sense of relaxation. Some other ideas may be meditation, reading a book, taking a bath. You get the idea! What works for you?

Studies show that rest and relaxation have repeatedly been proven to help your performance and concentration. For most people it takes a full day or two to just chill out. Some Americans never even give themselves an opportunity to unwind. They have lost their ability to do nothing for a period of time. My friend, John Maxwell, once said to me, “We Americans have lowered the definition of average”.

Do you agree that a person will increase their performance after a period of relaxation? If you agree, would it be fair to deduce the highs of performance will now be less than before as less people are taking the time to relax? When the highs are reduced or removed the entire average is now lowered.

This time of year makes it even more important to do something about it. Look at your schedule and make some time to allow yourself to relax and calm. If you have a business, also be sure your team is given the opportunity to have the appropriate amount of time off to unwind as well. You will be happy with the end result.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.


  1. I agree completely and notice a difference in my body and performance when I don’t take the time to do yoga, meditate, and just relax… and not a difference for the better. Yoga has become a a part of my calendar and I will not schedule anything during those blocked off times.

  2. Such good advice. When I work with clients many of them are over-tired, stressed and burnt out. But they’ve neglected to consider that they still need downtime. Being always “on” can have a negative effect on your health. It’s not just nutrition, it’s the whole you that must be considered.

  3. Great post, Mitch. I use to run full-steam ahead all of the time without much down time until physically I couldn’t do it anymore. Now, I am more concious of making time for meditation, yoga/pilates, reading and just relaxation in general.

  4. Well said. Everyone needs down time. I recommend to my clients a week each quarter for retreat.

  5. Oh yes, I’m all over this one and love it! for me of course, and for my stressed out, anxious and overwhelmed clients!

  6. Great tips, Mitch,
    I’ve been incorporating meditation more and more. Maybe next it will be yoga! 🙂
    Write on!~

  7. Preachin’ to the choir, Mitch. I am a big advocate of staring your day with meditation (even if it is a short one) to center, calm, and relax your mind as you launch your day.

    🙂 Katherine.