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You're Busy? Make Time for Yourself for Better Health

By Donna Kostiew

I’m tired. I know I am not alone because every time I ask a friend how they are, they reply with the same answer as well, and then usually proceed to tell me why. It’s almost always the same response and usually involves descriptions of how they juggle all of the demands of work, family, sports and activities. We seem to be living in a world where this has become the norm … millions of people filling in every space of their Google Calendar just because there is space. Our thoughts are flooded with constant reminders and requests that we should be doing this and that, and oh yeah, let’s add one more thing to the list because we have that extra hour between 7:45 and 9. When is enough, enough? And will we ever realize how unhealthy our behaviors are if we are too exhausted to even remember to brush our teeth in the morning? Our relationships are suffering from it and our health is being put at risk.

Pushing ourselves to near exhaustion just because we can shouldn’t be our goal. We need to redefine the “norm” in which we live and that may mean to slow things down a bit. There are definitely so many benefits to be had if we could only stop the glorification of being busy.

Work Quality

Can you work better without distractions? Finally, you can focus and take your time to make critical decisions regarding your work, thereby making fewer mistakes and spending more time being productive than being reactive.

Health and Wellness

That constant sense of feeling overwhelmed, your daily stress levels, and the risk of illness will be lessened by slowing things down. You may find that you have the time to eat better, to exercise, and to schedule those much needed, but way overdue, doctor appointments.

Relationships

There will be a positive impact on the relationships with your family, friends, coworkers and teammates when you are intentional about the time you spend with them. You may find yourself being more focused, present, and considerate with them because your time won’t be spent thinking about all of the other things that you need to do.

Fulfillment and Enjoyment

It is easy to become more content in your life if you cut the exhausting busyness out of your days. Your feelings of fulfillment will increase because you can now become more selective in choosing activities that you truly enjoy and you can spend your extra time with those you love.

I encourage you to consider the act of “slowing down” as an effective way to actually manage your time, your life, and your health.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Temecula, Calif.

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