Take Time to Regroup

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been in San Francisco
this week at a conference.

It was fun, I learned a lot, and I got a chance to see – and meet –
a lot of people with whom I collaborate. I had to present and speak a
few times. And I tell you, no matter how many times I present, or
record a video or audio session….I still get nervous. Just part of
the game for me, just the way I roll, I guess. The few times I have
NOT been nervous before a presentation, I….. well, let’s just say
it didn’t go so well. I’ve learned that being nervous is a good sign,
whether it’s just before a sparring match in a tournament, a presentation
in front of a large group, or even a meeting with a prospect or client.

Although I still dislike the feeling I get – and, I imagine, that you
get too, before you have to speak in public.

You know, that feeling that hits you right before you go on. The “I wish
I could just blow this off and not have to do it…maybe the AV guy will
not be here to set things up so I can’t give my presentation…maybe
no one will show up and I will be off the hook….” etc., etc., etc.

Well, I got home late last night and I decided to embrace today as a
regroup / rejuvenate / catch up day.

No specific agenda; no specific schedule, other than dropping off and
picking up my son from school today. Oh, and we are going to the local
high school’s football game tonight. The town is abuzz because it’s
homecoming. We have to show our support!

But I digress. I bring all this up because of how important it is to
take time to regroup once in awhile – and I wanted to share with you a
few thoughts on this.

The time spent away from the daily routine, enjoying the comraderie of
fellow corporate warriors, and especially enjoying the unique sights of
that “city by the Bay” … all contributed to an interesting and exciting

But, I have to admit, even I felt tired last night as I drove home
from the airport.

If you have been through one of those “sprint” periods, during which you
are running at lightning speed because of everything going on…or if
you face any type of chronic health condition…or if you are going through
a period of pressure, tight schedules, and stress, it’s important to
learn how to regroup.

If you suffer frequently from health problems and / or symptoms related
to stress, you may be continually preoccupied with your situation. You
lose focus on, and enjoyment of, the rest of your life. You may become
so inwardly focused that you lose touch with the people and activities
that mean so much to you.

When this happens, it’s hard to realize what a negative impact it’s having
on you, emotionally, mentally and physically.

Regardless of the cause, you need to take the time to “process” what
is happening.

This helps you move on and get going with your life again.

Regrouping is shorthand for a way of negotiating the maze of every day
challenges, as well as rising to the occasion when life throws you a
curve ball. It’s also about embracing the uncertainty of life and seeing
the adventure. About learning how to bend, not break.

Regrouping doesn’t have to involve a week or a weekend away, although
that can be very beneficial if you have the time.

It can be as simple as being “off a schedule” for a day – still working
on things but not being a stickler for the to-do list or the clock –
kinda like what I am doing today.

It can also be as simple as taking a few minutes out of your hectic day
to simply sit, breathe deeply, and be.

If you have been going through a bad spell, take a moment to reflect on
the deep reservoir of endurance and strength you naturally cultivate when
you face a chronic condition or challenging situation. You may not always
feel it’s there, but trust me, it is.

Use these few minutes to gather yourself and tap into that reservoir.
Remember that you are a survivor, you are tough. You are also flexible.
You can bend like the willow tree to adapt to current conditions.

You may not always feel in control of your life or the circumstances
surrounding it. In fact, you may often feel like circumstances control
you. But you CAN control your response to circumstances and challenges.
You can also control your response to the emotions, such as anxiety,
frustration, and anger, that are so prevalent these days.

By taking the time to regroup, you assert control at a very fundamental
level. This is one of the first steps to helping yourself overcome the
stress associated with much of modern living. It’s an important way of
asserting control — and feeling in control is a prerequisite to being happy
and satisfied with your life.

Discovering your own best way to regroup is time well spent. It’s a skill
you can use for the rest of your life.

You Can Do It!

P.S. In the Secret Power of Dynamic Energy Exercise Course, Vol 1, I teach a very 
effective and beneficial method for regrouping and regaining control. It’s
easy to learn and only take a few minutes to do. To start benefiting now,
order your copy of the course today at http://www.bestbreathingexercises.com/dynamic_energy1.html.

Copyright, KVN Enterprises, Inc. 2010

**The contents of this daily email are not to be considered as medical
advice. Always consult a physician before beginning or changing any
health or fitness regimen.**


16 Responses to “Take Time to Regroup”

  1. Eva Palmer Says:

    Hi Karen!
    Just the post that I needed to read for these days! Me too I feel that I am at the end of my strength and not able to do more…thanks for reminding me that the strength is always there inside us all the time!

  2. Scott Sylvan Bell Says:

    Getting away on vacation or even staying in for an extra day after a long week of meetings is a good way to regroup.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
    Now go implement!

  3. Dating After 40 Expert Says:

    Hi Karen,

    Oh goodness, yes. What an important reminder to breath, relax and regroup. I get that touch of excitement and nerves before speaking or leading a workshop. Using some of the hypnosis in which I’ve been certified helps as well as breathing to recenter are very helpful.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Dating After 40 Expert

  4. Dr. Wendy Schauer, D.C., R.K.C. Says:

    In our go-go-go society it is very important to slow down and regroup. I love to have a lazy day where I do nothing important. It helps me get through my busy life easier.

    Yours In Health!

    Dr. Wendy M. Schauer, D.C., R.K.C.
    Come Experience The Power of the Russian KettleBell Revolution at Kettlebell Olympia – Home of A Better Body With Bells!

  5. Michael D Walker Says:

    Hi Karen,

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who likes to regroup by having a non-scheduled day where I can do things that don’t require any mental focus.

    The Success Secrets

  6. Dennis Perry Says:

    Welcome back! Part of living a rich life is maintaining balance between all the aspects of your life. There are times when our work or some other aspect of our lives will require more attention than the rest, as in your conference.

    The trick, as you so well point out, is taking the time to re-balance after the temporary situation is relieved. Don’t wait, do it as soon as you can.

    Create The Life of Your Dreams

  7. Alam Ghafoor Says:

    I could do with regrouping every now and then.Sometimes I let things get on top of me.


  8. Jennifer Battaglino Says:

    what a great post that EVERYONE can take note of. It’s way to easy to get caught up in the rush and regrouping is a perfect way to hit the reset button and deal with whatever life throws at you.

    Jennifer Battaglino

  9. Steve Chambers Says:

    I’ve always taken time to regroup and reorganize after an extended period of activity. This is the only way to keep from losing site of your goal and it’s also a great way to avoid burnout.


  10. Alec Grebis Says:

    Interesting article. Earlier this summer I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. In researching this form of cancer and in speaking with my doctors a large percentage of people who develop Hodgkins Lymphoma experienced a high level of stress–or stressful event about one year before getting the cancer. I don’t thik many of us realize the long term effects on our bodies by constantly pushing ourselves to do just a little bit more–without taking that break

  11. Rob Northrup Says:

    A couple of days off can sometimes do wonders, but it can also turn into weeks and months and stagnation. It takes a lot of discipline to handle this.

    Seize the Day,
    Survival Rob

    Is Your Family Prepared For A Financial Crisis or Natural Disaster?

  12. Eileen O'Neill Says:

    Totally agree! We need balance in our lives and then these periods to reset or regroup. The ancients did this and many cultures still have this as part of their rhythm of life.

    Social Media and Silence: 3 Important Reasons

  13. Don Hill Says:

    Ahhh… Regrouping, take a little time away from the stressful environment and let your body rebalance itself. I feel better already.


  14. perfectsolutionfitness Says:


    Thanks for the reminder to take time to recharge our batteries. In fact, I’m having a do-nothing day (mostly) today!

    Sabrina Peterson, NASM CPT, CES
    Corrective Exercise for Every Body

  15. Bryan Says:

    As I mentioned previously…the reflection helps you take the breath you need and reminds you to relax

    Sales Success Expert

  16. Eva Palmer Says:

    Hi Karen!
    As soon as we finish with join venture I will take one of those regroup days! I think it will make me feel goood! But only one day, I don’t want to get to used to not working!

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