It seems that we could easily be busy 24 hours a day, and between work and families and commitments and social engagements, it often feels like we are. Unfortunately with our hectic schedules, we often forget to stop, take a moment and remind ourselves that none of what we do is worth anything if we don’t have what’s most important: Our health.
From the moment we wake up until that second we fall asleep, we feel busy, but there are ways to slow down during a day and ensure that we keep our priorities strait. It is essential to our well-being to make the best of even those things we rather not be doing, keep our stress levels at a minimal, and to not neglect the things that we enjoy and make us feel good.
Here are some simple ideas that make my day-to-day routine easier, things that even the busiest person can find time for:
- Smile and say hello: Line-ups never seem fun, especially when we just want to get what it is we came for and get out. Impatience and lines seems to go hand-in-hand, but next time you are standing in line at the grocery store, smile to the person in front or behind you and make small talk. I am always amazed how this simple gesture can change the experience and leave both people walking away feeling so much better about their day.
- Turn the radio up! Depending on where you live, traffic is hard to avoid no matter what time of day it is, so whenever I have to drive any distance, I always have a favourite playlist close by. If I get stuck, I press play, crank up the stereo and let the music drown out the frustrations of sitting on the freeway surrounded by a thousand honking horns. Music can be a powerful reminder to relax and have a little fun!
- Walk, walk, walk! Whether it’s time for lunch or you need to grab the mail, take the few extra minutes to get outside, feel the air and take in everything going on around you. The simple act of walking often allows your thoughts to wander freely, a nice break when there is so much to do.
- Stop and smell the roses? I know it sounds cliché, but it really is essential to stop and in some small way and connect with nature. Nature is humbling and reminds us how small we really are, an important remedy when it seems like we are sweating the small stuff.
- Power down! Being connected used to be a convenience, but today we are connected to everything 24-7. We cannot make a move without our phones ringing, text messages popping up, emails dinging, social media notifications binging… it never ends. There really is something to being disconnected. When you leave work, turn off your phone, shut down the computer and simply unplug… try it! Very quickly you will find the pleasure that comes from reading a book or watching your favourite show without feeling the need to check every ding and dong that tricks you into believing the world will fall apart without your reply. It will do wonders, and believe it or not, the world will still be in one piece tomorrow.
Cheers to healthy living,
-Sean M Douglas
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