I’m not “good at busy.” Are you? What does that even mean? Of course, there are times when I can get caught up in the storm of life. What I can absolutely tell you about those times is that I’m not functioning at my best. I’m not my best when I’m being pulled in too many directions. It’s interesting because you often hear in the career world that you “have to choose one.” One career, one focus to put your energy into or else you will be spread too thin. Although when it comes to multitasking, and doing multiple things at once, it appears to be considered a skill that we are praised for. That’s confusing. I will be quick to say, that I can multitask, I think we are all forced to learn that skill today. Although, my question would be, how good are you at any task that you’re not fully putting 100% of your energy into?
When I feel like I have too much on my plate, it’s a struggle for me to feel calm and be present for those around me, and most importantly, myself. With so much going on, it’s difficult not to feel torn in 1,000 directions. The beauty of life is that there are so many options, although sometimes all those options create a life that feels non-stop.
Here are some things that I notice help me to slow down and function more happily and slowly, especially when life gets busy:
1. Get Away From The Phone: Taking a break from the dinging and demands of everything that is located on my phone; social media, emails, texts, phone calls, is something that I notice absolutely helps to calm me down. Think about times of the day that you can ditch that thing and just be present with whatever task you’re doing.
2. Get the Blood Pumping: Doing something active, especially when it involves nature or being outside can be super grounding. Our bodies are designed to move and when you are stuck in the routine of storming around without much consciousness, exercise can be a grounding activity. It can help to re-focus and re-center.
3. Take Some Alone Time: DO you have a special place, spot or thing that you can do, alone, which helps to relaunch you? Well, I highly recommend discovering where or what this “activity” or “place” can be. Knowing how you can find inner peace is very helpful and an important thing to know about yourself.
4. Get Outta Here: Go on vacation. If you can’t take a legit vacation, create a “stay-cation,” even if it’s just for the evening or night. Just GO. Go somewhere different. Explore.
Enjoy, relax and take in your life. You only live once.
* I took the above image when traveling in Hong Kong.