When you feel stressed out, overworked, and frazzled, it’s often a case of taking on too much, too fast. Here’s an article from mindful.org which show you how to slow down and simplify.
We know what to do when young children break down in a fit of tears and are quick to recognize that this is a case of being overstimulated. We put them down for a nap, and know things will be more calm in an hour.
Yet we often fail to recognize the same signs of stress and overwhelm in ourselves. We take on work projects, make plans with friends, push ourselves to go to the gym, keep up with the news, and tackle new recipes, then question why it is we feel so frazzled and burnt out.
Sometimes we just need to keep things simple.
“What registers as anxiety is typically no freakish phenomenon; it is the mind’s logical enraged plea not to be continuously and exhaustingly overstimulated“.
Here are some ways to slow down and simplify your life:
- Go to sleep (Yes, you! Get some shut-eye!)
- Take a break from the information cycle
- Practice mindful eating
- Check in with your emotions
- Focus on personal achievement, rather than status
- Cultivate a healthy environment
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why”. – Eddie Cantor