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Do You Have Too Many Plates in the Air?

By Sandy Schroeder

If life seems slightly overwhelming most of the time, there may simply be too many things going on. If you lead a full life with a busy job, active family, and lots of outside interests, it’s easy to create a schedule that sometimes overflows. That can be exciting, but it can also sabotage your health and well-being if it surges out of control.

What to Do

The key word may be “simplify.” Take some time to think about everything that you do, and start subtracting some of those “plates.” suggests these steps.

Review your “to do” list – Take a look at your normal schedule, and start separating out the non-essentials. Beyond work, family and health commitments, how many other things are you signed up for? Make a list of the extras and consider lopping them off one at a time, until you feel like you actually have free time.

Streamline media flow – If you find yourself wading through a daily flood of breaking news, you may need to refocus the stream. Pick your best sources and check them morning and evening, instead of bobbing in and out of the news all day long. You will be less stressed and better able to assess what is going on.

Sidestep bad vibes – Putting up with negative people who never lift your spirits is a mistake. Give them a few minutes, and then scoot off to find people who enjoy being positive and always make you smile.

Put your stuff on a diet – Most of us have way too many things. Go room by room, closet by closet, pulling out things you never use or wear. Donate or sell them and marvel at the extra space you have just created.

Review your spending – Run through your bank statements, checking off subscriptions, or memberships that you seldom use.

Get outside to get away – When the details of life just keep coming, make a point to get outside early in the morning, after lunch, or in the evening.  When I do this, my head clears and life begins to work again. Consider adding more greenery with a plant-filled patio, garden room or herb garden in the kitchen.

Put in a new gate – As you get in the spirit of simplifying everything you may want to install a new gatekeeper that knows how to say no. There will always be more calls, demands, emails and news bulletins. Keep screening them and only keep the ones that really work for you. 

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

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