Why do we make our lives so busy?
There is something to be said for the illusion of productivity! In today’s society, being busy is good, and being idle is seen as bad. To be idle is to be lazy. So, we fill our days with multiple to-do lists, we take on extra tasks, and we fill our day with jobs.
We live in a constant race; racing toward that promotion or that bigger house, or more Instagram followers. We are constantly competing with other people, whether we realise it or not.
What is the benefit of finding peace?
Being busy does not necessarily equal being productive. That is why I called it the “illusion of productivity”. The act of ticking off items on our to-do list does not necessarily mean that we have done them well. We may end up doing more harm than good by having to go back and do some jobs better.
By squeezing more into your day, you may well end up spreading yourself too thin, and you may also be building up to burnout.
Finding moments of peace during a busy day can:
One way to find a moment of peace is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness doesn’t have to mean meditating for an hour everyday, sitting in a pretzel position, or even listening to a guided meditation.
Mindfulness can be done while you are sitting at your desk, behind the counter at work, or even while you are driving.
Mindfulness simply means being mindful of what you are doing. While you are driving, try to empty your mind of every thought other than the act of driving. Try to zone out the kids screaming in the back seat, the sat nav shouting at you for missing a turning, even the radio telling you that there is traffic up ahead.
Focus on the feeling of the steering wheel in your hands, the seat supporting your position, the cars that are around you.
Take a few long, deep breaths.
And then allow the noisy world to re-enter your sphere.
It’s as simple as that!
Next time you have a day that is so packed full of tasks that you are run off your feet, notice how much you hold your breath. When we are in a high stress environment, our body might go into fight, flight, or freeze mode as a response. Part of this response is unintentionally holding our breath. Holding the breath prepares us to fight or flee!
At least once during your day, and especially if you notice that you are in a high stress environment, take the following steps;
Stop what you are doing
Put your hands over your stomach
Take a deep breath in through the nose
Hold the breath for a beat
Then slow release through the mouth
Repeat this at least three times, and then continue with the task at hand.
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