Anyone feeling stressed right now? It’s okay, you can raise your hand, I can’t see you from over here behind my computer! I’m betting a lot of you are reading this blog in between bites of lunch at your desk, in between running the kids to their sporting events, in between cleaning the house, picking up the dry cleaning, taking the dog to the groomer, doing the laundry, etc., etc., etc!
STOP THE RIDE…I WANT TO GET OFF!!!!!
We all need to chill out and relax, or, chillax! We are all doing more than we can possibly do. Multitasking has become a horrible way of life in which we try to cram as many things in as we can, while not enjoying anything that we’re doing! Now, I realize that we all can’t just stop doing the things we need to do, and I know that finding time to relax can, in itself, cause you stress, so I’d like to share with you a few easy tips that you can incorporate in your crazy life! If you try any of these, please comment and let me know how it worked out for you!
1. Carve out a few minutes for yourself every day. Can you get up just 15 minutes earlier in the morning? Use that time to have a cup of green tea, breathe deeply for a few minutes, and run through your day in your head, mentally preparing yourself, and enjoying a few moments of quiet time. Not a morning person? Turn the TV off a half hour before bed and use that time to relax before drifting off to sleep. BONUS…turning off electronics before bed actually helps you get better sleep!
2. Learn to say NO. I feel like a bit of a hypocrite here, because I’m the woman who can’t say no! I’m worse than a “yes” woman, I’m a “before you even ask me woman!” I can’t say no and I can’t stop volunteering for everything! But by saying yes to one thing, we are saying no to something else! When you say yes to helping your friend move, you are saying no to a relaxing afternoon in your garden. When you say yes to working late, you are saying no to a dinner at home with your family, when you say yes to babysitting, you are saying no to date night with your spouse. You get the point! Here’s a great way to say no. When someone asks you for a favor that you don’t want to do, just say, “I’m sorry, I’m already booked.” And stop there! No over-explaining, no apologizing for a half hour, just say you are booked and move on. Then, honor the time that you have carved out by doing something just for you!
3. Get organized! Nothing is more frustrating than spending time you don’t have looking for your keys, trying to find your shopping list, looking for your glasses. Get in the habit of finding a “home” for everything, and always putting items back in their home after each use. Put a basket by the front door for keys and other items that you use daily, keep often-used items in the front of shelves and closets, set up a docking station for all your electronic items. Invest in a few inexpensive items to help keep you organized. Buy a laundry basket with separate slots for whites, darks, and colored clothing; pre sorting will save you time on laundry day! Invest in a good filing system for yourself, it doesn’t have to be expensive, just something that works for you. Get rid of unnecessary clutter and enjoy more open space.
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And until next time, veg in, don’t veg out!