Top 3 Things to Balance Your Busy Life
Does the level of stress we have in our lives define our level of success and more specifically who we are?
We complain of feeling tired all the time, of being overwhelmed with duties of work,family, personal health, and commitment to friends. As we attempt to help manage and curb the overwhelming duties involved , we can present with a level of resistance akin to someone stealing our identity. Many of us try to achieve a near perfect outcome to all of the "have to's" in our lives.
This resistance shows that in our current society, which promotes high levels of stress, which leads to feeling overwhelmed (" not enough time in the day to get it all done "), may equal and symbolize a measure of success. Are our busy lives a status symbol of our accomplishments, a proving ground for our achievements, or how we identify ourselves?
What happens when our attachments to our stressful lives overtake our fundamental beliefs in who we are and how we want to be in the world. What happens, when highly stressful daily life becomes more of a priority and the norm instead of an intermittent exception?
Top 3 things to combat "busy life syndrome"
- Inhale and exhale , slowly, mindfully at least 2x a day
- Give yourself an extra 10 mins to get somewhere so you can walk slowly and observe your surroundings
- Take 20 mins a week and be bored! Look up at the sky and day dream; stare at your wall and day dream; look out your window and daydream....
By Jennifer Kimmelman, LMFT: Jennifer holds a Masters degree in Somatic Psychotherapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is known for her Somatic and Holistic approach (mind/body connection) with individuals, couples, and families. Jennifer has worked specifically with trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions including retirement, child development and divorce, Domestic Violence, financial difficulties, and relationship issues.