“I am so busy”. It’s the catch a phrase we all use far too often. So much so that it has lost its true meaning. Trying to cram more and more into each day can only lead to one thing – burnout. Take the reigns of life back in your hands and tone it down with these 4 simple steps:
- Take breaks, often.
Back to back meetings without a break is a workout for your brain and body. It doesn’t allow for any down time during the day, leaving you stressed and exhausted. Plan recovery periods during the day by scheduling in 20 to 30 minutes of white space. Do quiet activities you enjoy such as listening to music, go for a walk, reading a real book (you remember those ones made from paper), or just simply sitting quietly and closing your eyes.
- Set boundaries around digital devices
Being on your smartphone when you’re with your loved one is a significant source of tension according to a study by Pew Research Centre. But more than that, it’s just plain rude! When you are with family or friends, avoid checking your phone and be present. Ideally, you should turn off your phone or tablet around 8pm each night to ensure a good night’s sleep as the blue light emitted from these devices can disrupt the release of melatonin, which is necessary for sleep.
- Breathe better
The average adult breathes 15 to 20 times a minute, which equates to over 20,000 breaths per day. But how many of those breaths are deep, calm and purposeful? Consciously slowing down your breath can have a big impact on your health. Deep abdominal (or belly breathing) encourages full oxygen exchange, slows down the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and induces the relaxation response. The perfect antidote after a stressful day.
- Practice self-care
As a mum, I know it’s important to look after myself – physically and mentally – in order to look after my family. That’s why I’m a big believer of self-care. Plus, all the hard work you put in during the week feels that much sweeter when you have a pleasurable activity to look forward to. It could be having breakfast at a cafe, a massage, or getting a pedicure with your girlfriends. These activities benefit your mental and physical health through improved self-esteem, and reduced stress leading to improved overall wellbeing.
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