Do you feel rushed? Scattered? Is the to-do list too long for the number of hours in the day? Stress and anxiety can lead to health concerns. Take time to prioritize daily objectives by focusing on the most important tasks to finish. This simple approach will eliminate the hustle and stress of trying to accomplish everything at once. Consider these additional tips:
Cut personal internet use by half. Technology has become a major element in most of our lives. Social networking, email, and web-surfing can occasionally cause our minds to lose focus and wander through hundreds of topics, thoughts and ideas. Try to use half your designated internet time to explore new hobbies, exercise or meditate.
Enjoy nature. When time permits – take a 5 to 10 minute break to step outside and breath-in some fresh air. Disconnect from the rest of the world and concentrate on the beauty of nature.
Eat Slower. A lot of us tend to speed through meals – missing the chance to appreciate different textures and flavors. Start to chew foods more slowly while trying to distinguish new tastes, aromas and consistencies.
Connect with family and friends. We all try to make a considerable amount of time to spend with close friends and family. We discuss life events, exchange stories – but how often do we catch-up while truly listening and connecting? Put away the cell phones and steer clear of noisy environments. Connect on a deeper level.
Make time for yourself. When’s the last time you spent valuable time by yourself? Take a night to find a new book, watch a favorite movie, try yoga, meditate or cook a new recipe.
Remember your goals and aspirations. Each morning when you wake up, take a few moments to think about your life goals and aspirations. Try to recall the milestones you’ve already made in your life, and your drive to achieve new ones. Try doing this for about 5 minutes before getting out of bed to start your day.
Next time you are jotting down new tasks in your planner, factor in a few extra minutes when estimating how long things will take. Giving yourself more time will help you slow down and avoid rushing through daily tasks. Plan well to be well.
Sara Wolfsen is a Certified Health Coach who provides private health coaching, nutrition education, and gentle weight-loss guidance and support. Schedule your complimentary coaching session and learn more online at www.sarawolfsen.com