Stop Rushing and Live Your Best Life
By Donna Stark
I had some busy days last week. Well, actually, I have had some busy days the past couple of weeks, and I am starting to fall behind on getting certain things done. This past month, most of my days have simply been all about "rushing." Rushing to get the kids to school, rushing to get to work on time, rushing through meals, shopping, and cleaning. Rushing to get to the very next thing to rush through. It can be overwhelming, and I'm sure in one way or another, you can relate.
Breaking the Cycle of the New Normal
It seems that the new normal these days is to spread ourselves thin. Moving at race car speeds in what used to be the slow lane has us all officially declaring "uncle." Our lives are filled to the brim, our cups have completely runneth over. When it comes to self-care, quality relationships, and time management, many of us are sitting in debt. We are clearly drained.
So how can you bounce back? How can you catch up and slow down? Here are some tips that can help break the cycle of this very unhealthy "new normal." Take a look.
- Establish boundaries, learn to say no - Establishing firm boundaries to keep yourself physically and emotionally healthy is important. For example, if you know that the only time you can work out is in the evening, don't accept any other responsibilities during that time. If you know that accepting one more volunteer position is going to take more of your precious time from your family, just say no.
- Quiet down - Allow yourself some time each day to quiet down, to turn yourself off, to push pause. Take a walk between meetings or step outside for some fresh air. You don't need a lot of time to make this happen.
- Prepare for the day ahead - Spend a few minutes each night to get everything ready for the day ahead. Set your briefcase and car keys near the door, pack your lunch, and pick out what you are going to wear. The few minutes this takes each night will save you plenty more in the morning when you are in a rush.
- Schedule extra time - I have found this to be a very useful trick and it works wonders for me. If I think an appointment is going to last 30 minutes, I will schedule it for 45, and I always add an extra 10 minutes for driving. Doing this has kept me on track more often than not, and if I don't need the extra time, I can always find something to do for those few minutes.
Living Your Best Life
Stop rushing. By slowing down and creating a peaceful pace instead of choosing chaos for you and your family, you can begin to live your best life. Good luck!
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