You and I live very hectic lifestyles. We wake up too early in the morning, to prepare our kids and ourselves for school and work. Sometimes we forget to take that all important breakfast. We rush out of elevators , to dash across the pedestrian crossing to catch the bus that is filled to the brim. We walk hastily to the train station, to stand in a line, just to board a train that is also filled with commuter. We reach our stop, tussle our way out just to walk among a sea of people, who like many, just want to reach office in time to clock in our punch cards.
Did we do all that, just to punch a card?
Facts can be stranger than fiction, and both you and I know that. The fact is, our lives are pretty much dictated by the need to meet something, that is usually not set by us. So how do you find time to relax?
1. Leave That Thing Behind
There have been times when I am bogged down by a huge pile of paperwork, and I keep telling myself that I will only reward myself with a refreshing break, only after I am completed. Wrong move. Cause I never will finish my paperwork, and as a result, I will definitely not find the time to relax. Nowadays, I just stand up and leave my desk as it is, and take the deserving break I need. Leave that “thing” alone on your desk. Be it a paperwork or an email to reply. It will not grow roots, trust me. Bottom line is, just don’t do it.
2. Switch That Mobile Applications Off
Your mobile phones are not smart. You are. Yet, most of the times, we allow that Whatsapp conversations to occupy and clutter our minds. We have to compartmentalize Instagram pictures, Tinder profiles, Facebook statuses, Twitter tweets and Whatsapp gossips. And we whine loudly when we say that our minds are tired. Take a break, switch your mobile phones and tablets off and dump them in your bags. For an hour at least. No one will die.
3. Close Your Eyes & Silent Your Thoughts
The loudest chatter is always the one that happens in between your ears. You talk too much to yourself some times. If you think that closing eyes, should only happen when you try to sleep, then you are wrong. I have found that closing my eyes intentionally for a good few minutes, can sometimes do wonders. Keeping your mind’s idle chatter will need some work, but with enough practice, you will find it to be a fruitful exercise. Work with your breathing. I usually practice a very deep shallow breathing just to calm and relax myself down.
These three simple actions will definitely slow down the pace for you, on a hectic day. It is easy, yet it is not that simple to practice as a habit. You need a conscientious awareness, to cultivate the practices into a habit.
It is far more rewarding than rushing through your lives, just to punch a card. 🙂