Because of the rapid increase in technological advancement, globalization, corporate jobs, life for everyone these days is going on a roller-coaster ride. For over a decade, lifestyles have changed drastically and went on a steep increase in terms of stress, exhaustion, ill-health, even at a very young age. So, it’s imperative that everyone takes good care of both mind and body to stay active, healthy and of course teach the same to their kids. They are the future for a better world!!
But, to fit in extra time even for a matter of 5-10 minutes in an already time deficit day/schedule, is even more challenging. Many of us just run after time in order to meet our daily goals and needs, whether it be for you alone or for the entire family. Balancing work and home schedules have become even more daunting and eating a healthy meal and staying fit have become ‘neglected chores’ instead of the basic ‘needful things’, and they took the bottom position in the stack of things for everyday life.
When suddenly something hits bad, then the depression kicks in.
But, how can we still find the time and/or be able to change our lifestyle to accommodate everything and also be less stressful?
The first and most important step to even start in that direction is “de-cluttering your mind.” Everything starts within our mind and then slowly takes a toll on our bodies. So, for the first few weeks, if you can just practice removing the clutter in your mind, slowly, you can add physical activities like going to a dance class, or go to the gym. There is a very simple way to feel refreshed even with busy schedules, and in turn, get a lot of time in return for your day. But how do you do that?
Follow these easy steps
- Wait, don’t react: When there are a hundred things going on at the same time, don’t react(not saying over-react), just don’t react or look for solutions/options immediately. Every single thing can wait unless an emergency. Ask yourself a question? Is this emergency? If the answer is no, just don’t think anything, stay calm. Find no solutions, don’t even try to rush. Then, your mind is not cluttered, things will fall into place smoothly without even struggling. And guess what? You will be covered with a smile on your lips and get back, ten years of younger-looking skin as a bonus!!
- Take pauses: Have you ever counted your number of thoughts per minute? Human brains are fueled constantly with quite a number of thoughts and that unnecessarily depletes the mental energy because it is researched that about 90% of those thoughts are of no use. In other words, they are waste thoughts. That is why we get so tired by the end of the day because we are producing way too many thoughts per minute. So, what do we do? Just take 1-minute pause every one hour, all you have to do is, just retrospect what your thoughts were for the past hour and evaluate if there was anything that was not necessary. Next time, for the next turn, make that change. Slowly, we will get accustomed to thinking right!! We have read many self-help books to think right, but this is the way to do it. Repeat, every hour and every day. Change does not happen overnight, it takes time, just be patient and you will reap the results.
- Practice charity: Many well-known gurus and yogis have long said, the road to happiness is practicing charity!! But why is it so? How does charity work help to our happiness? Happiness is attained when your mind is free and stays calm. Humans are gifted souls that were taught by the supreme power to help each other and others in need. All the religions and Gods preached the same thing and did the same thing. Help others and you will find bliss. The eternal happiness:-) So, do what you can, it could be anything, does not have to be monetary. Helping a blind person cross the road, feeding a poor child even for one meal, or even teaching someone in a subject you are well versed in, everything counts and observe how you feel after such a deed. It helps immensely because you attain the purest form of happiness.
The three things stated above are out of the ordinary. They are subtle, simple but work big. Try them out and stay happy, healthy and stress-free 🙂