We have more gadgets to do more things for us than any other time in history. Yet, instead of savoring our time, we have managed to pile more on top of it to the point that the most common respond to the question “how are you doing?” is “I’m so busy.” If you’re happy with what you are doing- great, but if you are busier than ever, and not enjoying it, then it’s time for a change.
• Less is more: Less stuff= less need for money=less need for work= less need for cleaning & maintenance = a much saner and slower paced life.
• Socialize with the Un busy: If your tired of a friend’s never accepting invitations and/or backing out of an engagement, understand what they’re telling you- they are too busy for you. Move on to find people that share similar interests and make time for socializing. The humans are social animals and we need that connection in order to thrive. In fact, those who live the longest socialize, and as the Dali Lama noted, “We are social animals who need friends. We need a community to survive.”
• Recognize that busy is a choice so stop glorifying it: There isn’t a “too busy” merit badge. Take an inventory of your “too busy.” What are those things that feed your soul? What are the priorities in your life? Learn to say “no” to anything that doesn’t fall into either category.
• Schedule in time for rest and relaxation daily: This is particularly important for caregivers. Carve out a time each day so you can just relax, stretch and be mindful. Use tools like the Mindfulness Bell to remind you to stop and breathe. Take Kripalu Yoga Breaks throughout the day, most of which are about 5 minutes and are easy to do.
• Un Plug: Between smart phones, e-mails, twitter, texting and social media, we’re a connected mess. We’re so busy responding and being fearful about missing something, that we have in fact missed the most important thing-savoring life.