I had an hour before picking up the kids from school with a work list three hours long.
It would have been so easy for me to push through and hammer out the list while eating lunch at my desk. Or do a quick grab and graze in the kitchen. Or even skip lunch altogether. My default is to do those things.
Why? Because I still listen to that voice that says my "to-do list" is more productive and more important than to take 5-10 minutes to sit and eat my lunch. Do you feel that way sometimes?
I feel this way more than I care to admit.
But here's the thing: I also know I will not be as productive in my work if I don't take 5-10 minutes to sit and eat. I will lose energy and get irritable by 4pm. My cravings for sugar and junk dramatically increase when I skip lunch. I feel resentful and frustrated at the end of those days when I don't take breaks or downtime. And in all honesty, my list will *never* be done. I will always find one more thing to-do.
So years ago, I started to practice something that has changed me for the better.