Are you the type of person who always has an overwhelming and busy schedule? Do you ever wonder why your life feels unmanageable at times? Whether you are a top executive of a busy firm, school teacher, working mother or father, business owner, or college student there is always time to recharge and replenish the mind, body, and soul. From time to time or maybe habitually, you tend to get busy into your own world, and then tend to forget the bigger things in life…like self-care! If you have not already heard this before, or maybe you just need a refresher to bring more harmony into your life, some of the reasons for your unmanageable schedule could be the result of 1) Boundaries issues-like you’re a “Yes” person. Maybe it’s hard for you to say “no” to people or things so you end up with too many things on your plate. 2) Perfectionistic thinking. Your belief system is that everything has to be perfect in everything you do. This causes wasted energy and time and spills into your other tasks or duties. 3) Procrastination. Maybe you are putting off talking to your boss about the most recent project or writing that 20 page paper assignment. Instead you exert your energy on something more pleasing, like surfing the internet, skimming through the Ikea magazine, or one of my favorites, Every Day with Rachel Ray Magazine. In the end, procrastination just delays the inevitable and really does not invoke positive, productive energy. 4) You are not organized or use time management effectively. Today, we have various choices to help us out with assigning our tasks and duties, and at looking at our time management. Whether it is a paper or digital calendar (i.e. Google Calendar), these tools can illustrate how much time you have to manage those busy days! Eventually, helping you to be accountable and taking control of your life. You may have your own reasons, but these are just a few of the common reasons that people feel their lives are overwhelming.
To help you further venture into self-care and wellness, here are 10 tips to manage those busy days. Some of the tips may require you to take an extended amount of time out of your schedule…it will be worth it! If you are already thinking, “Where am I going to get that extra time?” I encourage you to take a few deep breathes. Then tap into using the right side of the brain which will help you to be clear minded, use of your creativity, and your intuition to solve this dilemma.
1) Retreats. If you Google or do an internet search for retreats in your area or just a drive a way, you may be surprised that they exist. There are other like-minded people who want get away and retreat. Specifically, retreats that focus on self love, mindfulness, meditation, and nature! Or, for a more creative twist, why not create your own one day retreat with you and your friends? Send out an Evite (www.evite.com) or on Facebook an invitation that is for you and your friends to get together at the park and make it a potluck, with the intention of doing something relaxing (like sound healing opener).
2) Take a Bath. Include in your tub, Espon salt to soothe the muscles or a refreshing and cleansing aromatherapy bath. This will prepare you for the night. Give yourself the permission to stop worrying about the busy things you need to either finish or still do while you are in the bath relaxing. Lighting candles (scented with lavender is a great idea) can also set the mood for relaxation.
3) Connect to nature. Get your sneakers on, set your iPod or mp3 to some music that will help you stay present to your intention to balance the mind and body while you are out in nature. Even walking at the park or taking a hike for 20 minutes will get you cleared away from the busy life. It really starts with allowing yourself to enjoy the peaceful time in nature and allowing for clearing of the mind to naturally occur.
4) Cook. Great way to be with yourself and just experiment with food. It is all about you and you can manage how you want your meal to turn out at your own pace and direction. Staying mindful of your sense of smell as you pick up the aromas of the flavors from the food. Eventually you will notice a shift in your emotional state and can uplift your mood.
5) Sponteneity. Imagine or sense your playful, childlike, or goofy self and Taking a trip to Disneyland or some theme park can be a great way to tap into adventurous self. This shift in energy and time spent, can shift your perception on what is important in your life, including how important you are to yourself.
6) Creativity. Tap into the right side of the brain and get your creative juices flowing. Allow free writing or just be mindful of the words you jot down in your journal/diary. It can really bring awareness into your life about letting go of some of this busy day-to-day stuff. There are many other creative outlets like, painting, drawing, playing music, knitting, cooking, and so on. You have choices!!
7) Read. Reading is a great way to focus your attention on something that is not about your busy life. Maybe reading on how to plan a trip, a retreat, or something that gives you a break from your busy life. Reading something empowering or positive stories can also shift your energy and mindset of peace and direction.
8) Massage or bodywork. Make an appointment to get a full-body Swedish massage if you want something gentle and relaxing. Other favorites, Reflexology, Thai Massage (a more deeper massage), Hot Stone Massage, Craniosacral therapy, or Polarity therapy. Body work empowers your inner journey to heal and is a healthy way to manage a busy day.
9) Sound Healing. You can attend a class, group, or an individual session with a sound healer. The use of Crystal Singing bowls, Tibetan bowls, Tuning Forks, Gongs, Voice, and other instruments are set with an intention to help harmonize whatever is bothering you, strengthening your spirituality, and bringing you to a higher level of consciousness. The sound and vibrations help to heal and balance the mind, body, and spirit.
10) Body Movement. Take a yoga or dance class to help you become more connected to your mind, body, and soul. Stretching and movement can help to promote relaxation, stress management, strengthening, and a happier and peaceful mood.
I do invite any personal experiences and anything you would like to share! Good luck!!