To simplify your life, change one small habit and one major habit every month. Adopt a good habit every month. To break really bad habits - you could even try counseling. Sharing troubles with a counselor is a healthy form of release Twelve months down the line, many things in your life will have changed for the better.
At work, clear your desk and your desktop of distractions. Pick one thing to work on. Have to write a team review report? Do just that. Multi-tasking is a skill that is valuable but works against us sometimes. It’s perfectly OK to switch from multi-tasking to single-tasking for a brief period every day. Unlearning a habit can take a little time so be patient.
A hectic schedule is a cause for anxiety and tension. Simplify by reducing your commitments to just the essential ones. Learn to say No to some professional and personal commitments that aren't beneficial to your wellbeing - Many young families have learnt the value of 'quality time'. Leave room for fun in your time table.
Statistics state that people start exercising only after an unfavorable diagnosis from a doctor. Do something energetic every day. Take a brisk walk, play a sport with your kids, jog, do Bollywood dancing, or attend yoga. Even an ayurvedic massage at a neighborhood spa will do wonders for your wellbeing - Enjoy the experience!
When you return home every evening - it's not unnatural to be all wound up. Take a few moments to settle down before you get involved with your family. Do something enjoyable to reach a state of calm. For many people, it could be taking a short nap, reading, hobbies, or cooking.
Money is a major stress factor that drains you of your energy. A few simple ways to simplify things is to put a process into place and automate your savings, bill payments and credit card payments. Find a way to have fun that doesn't involve spending. Spend less by shopping less. While shopping is therapeutic, it just leads to more spending.
Having fun each day is not a bad mantra. Regress to your childhood state and play with the kids and your pets. Read comics and watch movies to lighten up your mind. Laughter alone is enough to make you feel really good. Whatever you do, it's best done with a smile and a sense of humor.
Health professionals and counselors have joined the simplicity movement. Simple living will help you alleviate tension-related reactions and illnesses.
Earlier, we lived without cell phones, e-mail, the Web and SMS. You don't have to ditch your gadgets but you can do yourself a favor by marking boundaries:
- Silence your cell phone. Focus on what's happening before you
- Prioritize your to-do list, and shed those activities that don't serve any major purpose
- Delegate at home and at office. Don't try to do it all. It's OK to ask for help
- Maintain your commitment to work-free vacations. Your family will love you for it!
However you choose to rid yourself of stress, remember that it's not about depriving yourself. It's about discovering contentment through a thoughtful balance of what's enough in your lifestyle. A last few words to the wise - De-stressing is the best insurance for your life