Normally I am a laid back person. But don't call me lazy. Do not imagine a sloth. Imagine a sleeping lion (What do you think about ready to go defense trick?)
My husband is not one for laziness. He has a busy job, and even on the weekend he always has some project going on.
Seeing how much he manage to do is very motivating for me. Contagious even.
But following his example I hit a wall. The initial feeling of being busy feels great; buzz, buzz! Till the buzzing in your head drives you crazy.
Ideas stopped flowing, I was exhausted, I didn't enjoy the work I was doing, and got to know that strange feeling. What did I forget? What was it?
Well you forgot to do everything that is still on that never ending list. You can't stop till you catch up.
Imagine you are driving a car, on a busy road. You are following your GPS, but the destination is still very far away. You are listening to your favorite station. And the car is full of people, let's say toddlers, they keep asking you questions. They want your attention. I love road trips, am always up for one. But imagine you are driving like that through this beautiful landscape. And are only concerned about arriving at that faraway destination.
Sometimes you just have to hit the brakes hard and get out. Find a nice spot for a picnic. Explore a town on the way, take a back road. Hop on a bike, and take a leisurely ride. Lock your bike, and walk to the beach,. Jump in the water.
That is what you have to do in your daily life too. Hit those brakes. Hard! Because being busy is not only contagious but also addictive.
For me, once I remind myself to take time, go slow, everything falls into place.
I feel happy again, creativity flows, and at the end of the day, I have that great feeling of accomplishment.
To take breaks, you can read a book, go on a walk, stop working in the evening, meditate daily, tkeep a journal, look at art, unplug, enjoy long showers, or just stare out of the window.
Only the moment before and after hitting the brakes is hard, you need to come down from the rush.
If you have a hard time unplugging there are some great apps that help you make that transition.
-Headspace Will help you to take five minutes a day to meditate. I tried lots of apps for meditation, and this one is my favorite. Easy, clear, inspiring.
-Day One A simple way to journal.
-Brain wave Sounds and tunes that help with relaxation, concentration and falling asleep.
-Breathing zone A doctor recommended breathing excursive that can reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mood.
-Google Inbox. Reduce e-mail overload. Win back some time for yourself.