After disappearing to paradise for four days, it only makes sense that I had a lot to catch up on.
While I’ve always thrived on being busy, hectic schedules and mile-long ‘to-do lists’ are overwhelming for anyone. They used to get the best of me. I would think about everything I had to do and spend more time and energy stressed-out about them than actually doing them. Relate?
Nowadays, I like to approach the insanity with a different attitude. A calm one. I’m able to get more accomplished and I don’t turn into a grumpy, anxious beast. These are my little tricks…
It sounds much simpler than it is. Take a moment, close your eyes, and focus solely on taking a few deep breaths. I’m not asking you to spend 10 minutes meditating– just 20 or 30 seconds at most. You’ll quickly realize how little you’ve been breathing and will immediately have a clearer head.
2. Take A Break
With a to-do list looming over your head, taking a break can feel like a death sentence. It’s not. Walk away from your work for 15 minutes and relax. Watch TV, browse social media, or simply lay there…whatever mindless activity you enjoy. As counter-productive as it sounds, it helps.
Workouts typically go on the back burner when life gets hectic (and that’s perfectly okay) but a little movement and fresh air is always rejuvenating. Whether you take a 10-minute walk around the block every 2 hours or move your next business call outdoors, every little bit makes a difference.
I make a to-do list every morning that includes everything I need to do (even if I finished it prior to making my list) and cross off the items as I tackle them. The sense of accomplishment will remind you that you’re constantly moving forward and give you motivation to take on the next project.
Science has proven that the act of smiling actually does lighten our moods somehow. Weird, right? So even if it feels forced at first, just do it. Think happy thoughts. Life is meant to be enjoyed.
Here’s to managing the stress…