Mother, father, husband, wife, soccer coach, community volunteer – the list goes on. Gone are the days women (and men for that matter) performed one, easily definable role. A complicated preamble isn’t necessary to introduce this oft-experienced, much maligned topic: people are more harried than ever thanks to a pace of life that seems to exceed human capability. We’re tired, a lot; in part because of schedules that seem insurmountable.
The solution? Stop and think about your life. You might be surprised what insights you come up with.
To help you along, here’s a beginning list of suggestions toward managing work and life:
- Meditation. Not for everyone but if you can learn the art of training the mind to induce consciousness – you’ll be several steps ahead of the rest.It shouldn’t be hard to locate a teacher– you can find more and more classes around your community these days.
- Exercise. That’s right, I said it. We can’t always eat or drink perfectly – but we should be able to find a few hours in the week to stretch our legs. Walk, skate, swim, garden – whatever it takes to get the blood flowing. It’s not rocket science, the key is simplicity and consistency.
- Organization. Go to your local office supply store and get containers, boxes, file folders, shelves – whatever accoutrement necessary to help you clean up your act. Then use it. Set aside a day when you organize everything in a flurry of activity. Get rid of the kids or other distractions for the day if possible. It’s well worth it.
- Reading and Listening to Music. I selected these two activities amongst the many for a reason: they are some of the best in terms of taking stock and quieting the spirit. If you don’t like either – find an activity that sends your conscious mind packing and allows your unconscious mind to take over. The key is switching off the harried thoughts of the day – every day.
The mind and the body are one, cohesive unit. If you think one operates without the other, you’re setting yourself up for a much more stressful life. Find five minutes in the day and plan for at least one activity that addresses your ability to unwind. It’ll make you a lot more productive – and happy – in the long run.