Let’s Talk with Karla Brandenburg

Getting Lost in a Book
by Karla Brandenburg

Because I work a “day job,” I often find myself juggling time, scheduling what free moments I have available. Except during “busy season.” During busy season, my job doesn’t always allow for extras. It’s a hectic time of year that demands more time, more focus and more energy. I spend 12+ hours of my day feeling like the guy in the ball retriever cart on a driving range, every pad filled with people taking aim at me, peppering me with more balls. Talk about battle weary!

Every year has its own personality, and there have been some that aren’t quite so bad as others, but when the heat is on, when the pressure to perform in a finite period of time and space is overwhelming, the adrenaline rush can be overpowering and it’s tough to turn my brain off and relax at the end of the day.

That’s when I pick up a book.

Reading takes me away from the stress and pressure, out of my own head and into another world, another time, another place. A book takes the focus off of the demands of my day job, and as tired and work-weary as I am, a book does for my racing brain what a cool down after an invigorating exercise circuit would for my body.

There are lots of ways to manage stress, but I have to be honest with you, many of those suggestions are just as stressful to me. They require scheduling or acquiring a skill I don’t possess. Reading is a no-brainer. You don’t have to go anywhere. Don’t have to do anything. For me, it’s a form of meditation.

What do you do to stop the adrenaline rush in the fast-paced world we live in today? How do you quiet your mind?

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