It’s easy in our fast-paced society to become overwhelmed with commitments. Always doing and never taking the time to just be can add stress and exhaustion. When life feels like a whirlwind, try connecting within to keep yourself grounded and calm.

Here are a few ways to pause and connect with yourself when your calendar is booked solid:

Schedule Downtime: We all need to take time to recharge and process events in life, but it’s easy to forget to do that when your schedule is hectic. Add it to your calendar. It can be an hour a few times a week or a day every week that’s always a no plan day. Give yourself permission to slow down.

Stay Grateful: When you start getting caught up in all the tasks of life, remember to write down what you are grateful for. Keeping the blessings in your life at the forefront of your mind will ease stress and anxiety.

Use Technology for Good: Although technology can be stressful at times, there are many beneficial ways to use it. One of the best ways to use it is as a platform to keep in touch with friends and family. Keep up to date with what’s going on or send a quick note to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Spend Time in Nature: As a society, we spend more time indoors and online, than outside. This needs to change. According to many studies, spending time outdoors can increase your overall well-being in a variety of ways. Time outdoors, even if it’s just a few minutes a day, can help lower stress and anxiety, make you feel happier, increase your creativity, decrease your attention fatigue and just generally makes you feel more alive!

Whether it’s a hike, a quick lunch break walk or taking 10 minutes to sit outside on a bench, find time to get outside. It’ll do your mind and body good.

Check out this article from Greater Good Magazine: for more ideas!

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Katy Tombaugh