There are never enough hours in the day for us to accomplish everything we need. Most people we know always feel like they’re in a rush and have too much to do. Balancing work with our social life is one of the most widespread challenges of our time.These challenges are exactly why we founded Fini Concierge. We want our clients to feel that they have more time and less to do.
We frequently read articles that touch on aspects of this phenomenon – too much technology, work-life balance, working parents, “having it all”, sleep deprivation, and the culture of wanting it all, NOW!
Life is all about choices. The article “In a Rush? Learn to Ease Hurry Sickness” written by Maggie Jackson appearing in The Boston Globe talks about just that…choosing to proactively combat the constant rush of life. Her article touches on the negative health effects that constantly being in a rush can have on a person. Many of us know all too well about the mental and emotional effects that come into play when we try to do too much, not to mention the toll it takes on relationships with friends and families.
It’s not an easy life pattern to change but it is important to keep in mind that self-care is not selfish. Start by taking small steps to slow down your everyday life and you may be surprised to notice the positive changes in how you are feeling. Here are a few things to try for yourself!
- Get outside and go for a walk
- Go on a date night— try a new restaurant, go to the movies, go bowling
- Write in a journal
- Listen to music
- Take a Yoga class or a Barre class
- Read a book (for pleasure, not work!)
- Lock your cell phone in a drawer for an hour each day
- Outsource your to-do list
There are plenty of choices to help slow down the pace of the internal race we’re running, even if for just a little while.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness