See last week’s post for the first 3 tips to manage stress. This is a continuation of last week’s post on managing stress.
4) Do something you love!
For me, I still find time to play my guitar or read a new book, despite my busy schedule. It gives me great pleasure. For other people, hanging out with friends may be what you love doing. Make sure you schedule some time to do what you love despite your busyness.
Remember, one day in the future, all your busyness means nothing. It’s how you spent your quality time with quality people or activities that really matter. If you’re always doing something that you don’t enjoy, that will eventually wear you out. You may be better off doing something else.
In today’s society you do have a choice. You can stop playing victim in saying you do not have a choice. You make a choice either way. You just simply choose not to do anything about your current situation. That is still a choice that you made.
5) Set apart 20 minutes of quiet time twice a day
Some people pray, some people meditate. Whatever you call it, setting aside 20 minutes a day to calm my mind works wonders for me. I do it whenever I get very tired. I just calm my mind for 20 minutes and have some quiet time, putting away all my worldly worries and troubles for 20 minutes of serenity and peace. I may listen to soft music. It helps me relax, and give my mind a chance to rest. This is crucial.
In today’s society, noise is the normal constant. There is hardly any downtime. We go from place to place without thinking. We overstuff and put things on our schedules. Being busy seems to have a lot of value. How many times when you ask somebody how they are doing they will reply “I’m very busy”?
Setting aside a little quiet time for yourself in the morning and in the evening and throughout the day will allow your mind to refresh itself and to regenerate energy. Going through the entire day without stop will only cause burn out.
You can also try a power naps. This is a 10 minute quick rest where you close your eyes and just rest. You’ll be amazed at how refreshed you feel after.
6) Have a greater mission than yourself
If you have a purpose in life, you are more alive. If you’re just trying to get by each day with no purpose in life, life becomes a drag and meaningless. For me, my Christian faith is of utmost importance. It gives me direction and purpose in life. It sets me on a mission greater than myself.
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I’ll write more in a future post. Until then, hope you have a happy life!