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Commit to Fewer Commitments

By Donna Stark

Do you ever wonder how you are going to get everything done in your day when there is a limited amount of coffee in your pantry? Is it even possible to take time for your well-being when there aren’t enough waking hours in your life? While we can definitely handle those busy seasons in our lives, it isn’t good to constantly remain on that hamster wheel. Overbooking yourself can easily and quickly take a toll on your health, happiness, productivity, and meaningful pursuits, so be mindful of how often you commit to things.

Taking a Step Back

Maybe, just maybe, we’re all a little busier than we actually need to be. The truth is, there are many reasons why we keep ourselves busy, but nothing will change if we don’t change our approach to how we live. Here are some tips to help you take a step back and do a little less.

  • Release the guilt - It is usually when we try to do too much that we end up disappointing people, including our loved ones. By learning to say no to others and accepting that it is perfectly OK to do so, you will be able to release those feelings of guilt and can move on.
  • Keep emails short - Just because your coworker tells you how her day is going and describes everything she ate for lunch in her emails doesn’t mean you need to respond in the same way. Don’t let your inbox become a full-time job … keep your communications short and to the point.
  • Unnecessary time-suckers - You don’t need to give your attention to everything. That junk mail crowding your email and mailbox? Stop wasting your time and delete or throw them away. Spending too much time gawking at other people’s lives? Cut back or simply get off the social media. As the saying goes, “low-hanging fruit doesn’t always need to be picked.”
  • Pace yourself - We need time to recover after our “busy seasons” in life no matter how long they are. So whether you are running non-stop for a week or for three, give yourself time to slow down, breathe, and regroup afterward.

Choose Your Priorities

As long as you are mindful of your lifestyle and choose what you would like to prioritize, you can still chase your dreams, run your household, work hard, and help your friends and family. You can even visit that hamster wheel every now and then … but just be sure to take care of your physical and emotional health at the same time. Life is all about balance and there are times when you will need to get off that wheel in order to get some.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Denver, Colo.

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